US Homeland Security chief John Kelly on Saturday said a new presidential immigrant ban will be better prepared and implemented to ensure there is no repeat of the chaos caused by the first.
"I would say the president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version", Kelly said.
"We will have this time the opportunity. of input on the rollout plan, in particular that no one's caught in the system coming overseas to our airports", Kelly said.
Three sources familiar with the drafting of the guidance said the goal of the new instructions is to raise the bar on initial screening in order to ease strain on the courts and reduce the number of immigrants allowed to stay in the USA, often for years, while they await a hearing.
The original order barred Syrian refugees from the US indefinitely, and blocked for 120 days all refugees fleeing their homelands claiming persecution or fear of violence.
That would spare USA airports some of the chaos in the days after the travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries was imposed January 27, but it may simply export the confusion to foreign airports.
The administration's plan is to leave wide discretion to asylum officers by allowing them to determine which applications have a "significant possibility" of being approved by an immigration court, the sources said.
Kelly told the Munich Security Conference that the new order would not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States.
Trump on Thursday nevertheless hailed the introduction of the travel ban as smooth.
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The abrupt implementation of the ban, which was enforced just hours after it was signed, caught many officials and travelers unaware, leading to chaos and protests at global airports in the US and overseas. A federal judge in Virginia recently cited those comments in a forceful order declaring that the ban should be put on hold.
He promised "a short phase-in period to make sure that people on the other end don't get on airplanes".
The replacement order could be issued as early as tomorrow, the Journal reported, citing a United States government official.
Kelly is calling for 10,000 additional ICE officers and agents and 5,000 new hires at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
The guidelines also call for expanding the priority list for illegal immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlisting the help of local law enforcement agencies, reported first by CNN and The Washington Post, which has a copy of 19-page memos. At the land border ports of entry, 97 people were turned back.
Raids in early February, in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) rounded up more than 680 people in almost a dozen states, spurred widespread fear across immigrant communities. Nor will it affect foreign travelers already flying to USA ports of entry when the order takes effect, he added.
Nevertheless, these hirings would greatly expand ICE, and the memos would allow for Customs and Border Protection to "begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall" - seemingly fulfilling many of Trump's campaign promises, especially those within his August 31, 2016, address on immigration.
Government attorneys have stated the Trump administration has the authority to institute a travel ban to protect the nation's security, and they have rejected criticism that restricting travelers only from majority-Muslim countries amounts to a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. That leaves at least 103 people who were deported, with no public information on their whereabouts, Heller said.