The Trump administration is working on a new executive order that will replace the government's contested new immigration rules banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The president confirmed during a press conference Thursday that a new executive order was in the pipeline and in a filing with the 9th Circuit District Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice asked that the ongoing case against the original order be held until the new one is signed.
CNBC reports Trump said his administration will release details of a new executive order next week, an order he says "will comprehensively protect our country."
The original ban was blocked temporarily by the courts so a longer debate could be had about its constitutionality, which followed lawsuits filed by state attorneys in Washington and Minnesota.
Details of the revised executive order have not been released, but Trump says it is "being tailored" to address concerns raised by the courts, CNBC notes.
The original executive order put an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria entering the country, a 120-day ban on all other refugees entering, an a 90-day ban on people from seven nations, including Somalia, from coming to the U.S.
Its sudden implementation caused mass confusion, particularly because the government didn't immediately specify the ban didn't apply to permanent residents and those with valid Visas, which initially led to the cancellation of 60,000 Visas.
Other families traveling from one of the affected countries were caught up in the ban, leaving them temporarily detained or even being turned back from U.S. borders until the travel ban was lifted after the courts agreed to place a restraining order on the executive order.
It sparked protests across the country at airports and in downtown areas, including in the Twin Cities where more than 5,000 marched in downtown Minneapolis shortly after the executive order was announced. Protesters also demonstrated at MSP airport.
In its latest filing, an excerpt of which is printed below courtesy of Buzzfeed, the DOJ requested the 9th Circuit Court hold off on proceedings because of a replacement order which will be "substantially revised" from the disputed one.
"In doing so, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation," it says.