By Matt BrownThe travel ban that was set to take effect on February 16 was cancelled by President Trump on February 17.
But on Tuesday, Trump’s nominee for Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, issued a statement saying the ban is not dead.
“We are working to get back to a time when the United States can be more welcoming and inclusive for all Americans,” Chao said in a statement.
“We will continue to look for ways to do that through policies, legislation, and executive orders.”
But that won’t happen if Trump doesn’t have any new travel bans on his desk, as he promised on the campaign trail.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration released its list of travel restrictions.
Among the ones listed are those targeting foreign officials, refugees, visitors from six Muslim-majority countries, travellers from Syria and Yemen, and those with “adverse health” concerns.
That list includes more than 20,000 people, according to a source familiar with the order, and it’s possible that Trump will try to include some of the other people on the list, as well.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Trump has requested a list of people who are being detained for a reason, but Trump’s lawyers are denying that.
Trump and Chao have said they plan to go back to the drawing board with the new list.
Chao said in her statement on Tuesday that she “is committed to working with the Department of Justice and our federal partners to ensure that the President’s travel restrictions are consistent with the Constitution, the laws of the United State, and the American people.”
Trump, meanwhile, has made no changes to his travel ban or his executive order on Tuesday.