Trump excludes Iraq from new immigration ban

After a U.S. court suspended his previous executive order regarding the matter, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from certain countries to America. However, Iraq was excluded from the list of countries.
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U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new executive order today (Monday) that bans citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering America after a U.S. court suspended his previous executive order regarding the matter. Iraq is not included in the list of the countries covered by the new executive order.

According to CNN, the Iraqi government lobbied Washington in order to get Trump to exclude Iraqis from his new executive order. The Iraqi efforts included a phone call between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with senior level Iraqi officials in order to increase the countries’ cooperation to prevent terrorists from entering America. Senior level U.S. officials also lobbied for Iraq’s exclusion from the new executive order in exchange for additional cooperation in the war against ISIS.



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