President Trump issued a new version of his travel ban today, nearly a month after a San Francisco-based federal court blocked his last order to limit migration from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The new order drops Iraq but keeps the other six countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) whose residents will be barred from entering the United States for 90 days. It also blocks all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.
The issue is being watched closely in California, which is home to more than 300,000 immigrants from the countries originally targeted by Trump’s order, according to a recent analysis by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The ban also concerns many of the state’s universities and research institutions. The University of California released a statement declaring the new ban “anathema to advancing knowledge and international cooperation” and predicting it will “still have a very serious effect on those who seek to study, train, research, and teach at UC and universities across the country, to the detriment of the UC community and the country as a whole.”
The executive order Trump signed says “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes” and that some of those entered the United States as refugees or on visitor, student, or employment visas. “Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest,” the order says, “increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement saying his team is “carefully reviewing” the legality of the new order. “We will do everything in our power to make sure the revised ban respects our Constitution and our way of life,” the statement said. “No one will or should soon forget the Trump Administration’s multiple, public promises to ban Muslims from the country.”