A new travel ban has been implemented by President Donald Trump and is set to take effect in just a few hours.
The executive order is the result of an intense lobbying campaign by conservative groups and a backlash against a similar order issued by the Obama administration.
Trump is scheduled to sign the order on Friday.
The executive order will target travellers from six Muslim-majority countries, with the US Treasury Department stating it will be effective in 30 days.
The order will also require the US government to consider the “safety and security” of US citizens and those abroad in a review of refugee admissions.
It will also prohibit the entry of any individuals or entities who have engaged in any form of domestic terrorism, and it will require all foreign nationals entering the US to apply for a visa or a waiver.
The administration also announced it would no longer allow refugees and those already in the US from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, North Korea and Yemen to enter the US.
The new travel bans comes amid a flurry of legal action in Washington, DC, and the nation’s capital by refugees, asylum seekers and others who say they were harmed by the executive order.
Trump signed the first travel ban in January, and his administration has since used its power under the US Constitution to suspend and bar the entry to the US of people from the six countries and indefinitely suspend the admission of refugees from Syria.
The second travel ban was announced in January and has since been blocked by the courts.
The White House says it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the president’s order is faithfully executed.
Trump says he will be signing the first executive order, and says it’s going to be the biggest travel ban ever.
The US has been under a state of emergency since 9/11 and has been plagued by an increase in attacks and terrorism.