US President Donald Trump says his administration will be rolling out a new set of immigration order on travels and refugees next week to replace the controversial one blocked by the courts.
Trump, who made the announcement during a televised press conference on Thursday, also pledged to keep his campaign promise of keeping Americans safe.
Given the upcoming executive order, the Justice Department said a federal appeals court should not reconsider a ruling that suspended Trump’s Jan 27 order.
“In so doing, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the Justice Department said in its filing.
During the news conference, Trump said “Our administration is working day and night to keep Americans safe including you reporters.
“A new set of executive actions next week will comprehensively protect our country. We’re going to put in place a new set of travel ban.
“The (blocked) roll out was perfect because if we had announced that (ban), a lot of bad people would not have come into our country.
“The new executive order will be based on the decision of the courts.
“But now there is serious vetting,” he said, adding that he was willing to deal with “dreamers” who were brought into the US illegally as children, “with heart” as a father who has kids and grandchildren.
The US president said he had ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities that violated the federal laws by providing safe havens for illegal immigrants.
“I’m following through on what I pledged,” he said, pointing out that the travel ban was only holding true to his campaign promises rather than deceive his supporters by reneging.
He went on to say he inherited a mess and that his government, which saw the resignation of its National Security Adviser and the refusal of the post by his replacement, is running like a fine-tuned machine.
In a repeat of his campaign promises, he said America would renegotiate trade deals as they have been taken advantage of for too long. He reiterated the government’s plan to repeal Obamacare, saying the healthcare plan is a disaster.