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Summary

  1. President Trump issues a new executive order temporarily halting US entry for people from six Muslim-majority countries
  2. People from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have valid visas barred from US for 90 days
  3. The administration's previous travel order was blocked by courts and resulted in travellers being sent back at US airports
  4. Iraq, included in the last order, is removed from the revised one after agreeing to boost visa vetting of its citizens

Live Reporting

By Max Matza

All times stated are UK

  1. More legal battles ahead

    Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

    We're closing our live coverage of the travel ban - we'll bring you the latest on that story here .

    We leave you with the reaction from Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, whose lawsuit led to the temporary halt of Trump's first travel ban. 

    "By rescinding his earlier executive order, President Trump makes one thing perfectly clear: His original travel ban was indefensible - legally, constitutionally and morally," Ferguson said in a statement. 

    "The president has capitulated on numerous key provisions blocked by our lawsuit, including bans on Green Card holders, visa holders and dual citizens, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and explicit preferences based on religion," he continued. 

    Watch this space...

  2. Lost 'element of surprise' - Spicer

    When asked if the 10-day implementation delay undercut the argument that the travel ban was an urgent matter of national security, Spicer said the Trump administration "lost the element of surprise" once it announced it would issue a new executive order after the first directive was blocked in court. 

  3. Trump stands by wire-tapping claims

    The reporters at the White House briefing seem to be more interested in the wire-tapping story than the travel ban, and the questions have swiftly switched to that.

    Quick recap - Trump accused Obama of Watergate-style phone-tapping, a claim denied by Obama's spokesman, his former director of national intelligence and the current head of the FBI.

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  4. Sean Spicer briefing on travel ban now

    The White House press secretary has started briefing the media. This will be the first time journalists get the chance to ask questions - earlier, there were no questions allowed when the ban was announced by members of the Trump cabinet.

  5. Republicans approve

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who condemned candidate-Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants, says today's ban advances "our shared goal" of protecting the US from terror.

    He praised the administration for "their hard work on this measure to improve our vetting standards".

    Other Republican lawmakers also cheered the revised executive order.

    "I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it's drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has frequently criticised Trump. 

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  6. Amnesty International calls for 'day of action'

    
          Protests broke out at airports six weeks ago when the last version of the ban was announced
    Image caption: Protests broke out at airports six weeks ago when the last version of the ban was announced

    "This revised version is still a Muslim ban that does nothing to alleviate human rights concerns," a press release from Amnesty International reads. 

    The civil-rights group calls upon their US supporters to "call their elected officials and urge them to stand against the new executive order", during a 'day of action' on 7 March.

    Protests are also being planned by Amnesty around the world. 

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  7. Why the delay?

    Chuck Schumer
    Image caption: As Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is the highest ranking congressional Democrat

    President Trump has promised to have a new travel executive order ready to roll out at least twice since his first version was blocked by the courts. 

    However, the signing was delayed again and again, without explanation.

    According to US media reports, the Trump team had today's order ready to be signed last week, but chose to hold on to it in order to allow time for the president's joint address to Congress - which was widely praised - to fully sink in.

    Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was not happy with the White House's timetable, and what that says about the order.

    He has tweeted: "Delaying its announcement so the President could bask in the aftermath of his joint address is all the proof Americans need to know that this has absolutely nothing to do with national security."

  8. The order at a glance

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  9. ACLU: 'Muslim ban'

    "The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) immigrant rights project.

    "Instead, President Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people." 

    The Trump administration has vigorously pushed back against the "Muslim ban" label, pointing out that millions of Muslims around the world are not affected by the executive order.

  10. 'Gaps exploited by jihadists'

    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, has just released this statement: 

    “I have long supported taking bold steps to keep terrorists from entering America. I look forward to reading the details of the President’s new executive order and conducting oversight to ensure it is implemented smoothly. 

    "This month I am also launching a bipartisan Congressional task force focused on closing security gaps that might be exploited by jihadists to sneak into our country, and I hope the Administration will work closely with us to put in place new security checks to protect our people from the threat of terror.”

  11. Travel ban 'counter-productive'

    In Minneapolis, a city with many Somali-American immigrants, both refugees and native-born people have said President Trump's ban will only serve to alienate young people and make them more susceptible to the violent appeals of IS and al-Shabab terror groups.

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    Video caption: Somali Americans warn Trump travel ban 'counter-productive'
  12. Trump voter breaks bread with refugee

    The BBC went for brunch with a Donald Trump supporter, a Muslim refugee from Syria, and an Alabama pastor trying to bridge the political divide. 

    "The political realm in which we live right now is poisoned," says pastor Jim Mather, who advocates for refugees in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

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  13. Jewish group: 'Betrayal of our values'

    The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish group supporting refugees worldwide, has issued a statement condemning the new ban.

    "There is nothing ‘temporary’ about leaving innocent families stranded and at grave risk while their government-issued security clearances expire, or crippling America’s domestic refugee resettlement infrastructure while fixing a system that is not broken," HIAS president Mark Hetfield said.

    "The American Jewish community, which owes its very existence to the American tradition of welcoming refugees, cannot accept this betrayal of our values. We will continue to fight all attempts to vilify refugees." 

  14. Montana preacher warns Islamic extremists

    The BBC's Aleem Maqbool visited the US state of Montana after the first travel ban executive order was signed by the president to meet recently resettled refugees.

    Along his way, he met a Trump voter who had a stark warning for new Muslim immigrants.

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    Video caption: US preacher's warning to Islamic militants: 'The women of Montana are armed'
  15. 'Still a Muslim ban'

    The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which bills itself as the largest Arab-American grassroots civil rights organisation in the US, is calling for donations to help fight the coming legal battles over immigration.  

    "The ban is about xenophobia and Islamophobia," they said in a statement to the BBC. 

    "The new ban will have the same effect on our community as the initial one did, and ADC will continue to provide pro bono legal assistance to those impacted."

  16. 'Intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear'

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - the state's highest ranking law enforcement officer - issued this statement moments ago, condemning the revised travel ban...

    “Courts across the country have made clear: President Trump is not above the Constitution.

    "While the White House may have made changes to the ban, the intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear. This doesn’t just harm the families caught in the chaos of President Trump’s draconian policies - it’s diametrically opposed to our values, and makes us less safe.

    "My office is closely reviewing the new executive order, and I stand ready to litigate - again - in order to protect New York’s families, institutions, and economy.”