The Justice Department will not fight Donald Trump’s Muslim ban executive order which was struck down by a federal court – but the President will file a revised travel ban instead.
Mr Trump said the new order would be “tailored” to the federal court decision in Washington state, which struck down the original order eight days after it was signed.
After 27 January, when the travel ban was signed, nearly all travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries were temporarily halted from coming to the US and Syrian refugees were suspended indefinitely.
Confusion was caused in these countries as well as in Mexico and Canada. Visa and green card holders, as well as dual citizens, were caught up in the ban.
Judge James Robart struck down the order nationwide, and Mr Trump’s emergency appeal was denied.
The President had threatened to take the case to the Supreme Court, but the Justice Department has decided to revise the original order and re-file it.
The President said he signed the original order to fight terrorism, yet nobody from these seven countries killed a single American in US soil as part of a terrorist attack since 2001.
He was also asked about the immigration programme for lone children refugees, called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.
“It’s a very tough subject. We have to deal with Daca with heart,” he said.
“The Daca situation is a very diffficult thing to me. I love these kids. I have kids, grandkids. I find it doing very hard what the law says I have to do.”