If President Donald Trump can't find satisfaction in the courts with his travel ban, an existing federal law would allow him to accomplish virtually the same thing, The Washington Times reported.
"A federal law says the government can stop issuing visas to countries that are deemed 'uncooperative' because they refuse to take back their citizens when the U.S. tries to deport them," the Times reported.
Further, five of the countries Trump has targeted for extreme vetting — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan — are already part of the existing law, the Times reported.
The law: Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Times reported.
The Times reports there are 22 countries on the list and that the two previous administrations — Bush and Obama — triggered the law one time each, just not for more than one country and not to combat terrorism.
Trump said last Friday that his administration was rewriting the executive order and that it would be forthcoming this week.
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