The Trump administration is poised to sign a controversial executive order that would grant the president broad new powers to impose a nationwide ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries entering the United States.
The order is expected to be signed Monday, and the executive order has been delayed by legal challenges.
The new order would allow the president to temporarily ban people from countries like Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The countries are all majority-Muslim countries that have been under international pressure to curtail their citizens from entering the U.S.
The executive order is also expected to include provisions that would allow for the temporary suspension of visas from the six nations, while barring entry for foreign nationals who do not hold a green card.
“I’m announcing today that I will not lift the travel ban until we have the answers,” President Trump said in a statement after signing the order.
“I will not allow any country to undermine our way of life or turn our country into a place where anyone from any country is able to come in and do harm to our people.
We will not stand for this.”
The executive orders order will not apply to individuals who have been lawfully admitted to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.
The president will be able to suspend the visa waiver program, but the visa program is not a direct entry visa for people from the seven countries.
Trump will also be able indefinitely suspend entry of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Syria, while the visa ban applies to those countries as well.
The Trump administration also said that the new executive order will prohibit “any government entity from imposing a nationality-based travel ban on any individual.”
The travel ban is not an outright ban, but rather a temporary suspension that can be lifted at any time, Trump said.
The executive order does not bar people from certain countries from entering.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider on the new order.
Trump said in an interview with ABC’s This Week that the order was needed because of the threat posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
The order “has become the main thing that has caused problems in the Middle East.
We’re seeing that, and we have to take it down,” Trump said, adding that the administration is “looking at all of our options.”
The order was prompted by the November 2016 terror attacks in Paris, where more than 129 people were killed.
It is the first of its kind in the world.
President Trump said during his campaign that the travel order was necessary to prevent the spread of ISIL, but his administration has not offered a timeline on when that would occur.
Trump has repeatedly said he is against a Muslim ban.