President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Department of Homeland Security to revoke a Trump administration order blocking people from entering the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries, including Iraq.
The order, signed on Friday, suspends the entry of those from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order also temporarily suspends all refugee admissions from the six countries.
The president said he would not impose a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, where thousands have been killed in the civil war.
“I think the order is not going to work, and we are not going do that,” Trump said at a White House briefing.
“I would just ask you, please immediately rescind it.”
The White House later issued a statement saying the order would be “repealed.”
The U.S. has been in a state of emergency since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.