WASHINGTON -- When President Trump told an audience of religious leaders on Thursday that he would destroy' the Johnson Amendment, he declared his intention to sign a bill that would fundamentally alter a major aspect of the church-state divide that has been a constant in American politics for generations.
But what exactly is the Johnson Amendment?
President Donald Trump is preparing to issue an executive order dramatically restricting refugee admissions to the U.S. and denying visas to individuals from countries his administration deems high-risk, according to congressional and advocacy organization sources briefed on a draft. Sources briefed on the draft executive order said the list of countries targeted is not yet finalized, but those under consideration -- Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen -- are all Muslim-majority nations. In its current form, the executive order would allow Trump to claim victory on one of his main campaign promises -- a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." read more
The Trump administration has developed this draft executive order that would roll back a series of restrictions President Barack Obama set on the handling of detainees. The draft order calls for lifting a ban on C.I.A. prisons and directing the Pentagon to bring newly captured detainees to the Guantánamo Bay prison.