New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

The White House has been reworking the order and could implement it Wednesday, according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to get ahead of Trump's announcement. The Trump administration eventually amended the original ban to allow Iraqis who have been issued special immigrant visas, as numerous interpreters had, to continue to travel to the United States.

The officials told the Associated Press that six other countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - will continue to be a part of the travel-ban list.

The travel ban order, as clumsily implemented as it might have been, given its initial barring of permanent residents ("green card" holders), is supported by the majority of the American people.

The new executive order was expected on Wednesday, but now it won't be issued until the end of the week.

While there is no decision yet, US diplomats told CBS News' Margaret Brennan they are optimistic the White House will sign off on dropping Iraq from the list.

The executive order was nonetheless struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, leading to a furious response from the president. The Iraqi parliament even considered banning USA citizens to Iraq in response, potentially endangering the counter-ISIS effort.

Officials also confirmed that the president plans to announce the new order from the Department of Justice alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

  • Wendy Palmer