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Trump administration says it will revise travel ban instead of seeking appeal

Posted: 2:28 PM, Feb 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-16 15:49:00-05

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration says it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will instead revise the ban.

President Donald Trump said in a news conference Thursday his administration will release a new executive order on immigration next week to — in his words — “comprehensively protect our country.”

“As far as the new order, the new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision, but we can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything and in some ways more. But we are tailoring it now to the decision,” Trump said.

The administration said in a court filing on Thursday that it will replace the travel ban with a new one in the near future.

Trump’s original order restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and prevented Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely. It led to massive protests and was put on hold by a federal appeals court.

Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT!” after that ruling. His administration said it would immediately appeal — and either revise its original executive order or write a new one.

But nearly a week has gone by without action from the White House.

Trump did not specify what the new order would do.