President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new executive order to ban Muslim head scarves and head coverings in the U.S. and abroad.
The move would be the latest attempt by Trump to restrict religious practices in the country and could lead to a backlash among some of the country’s Muslims, who have long complained of being stigmatized and marginalized.
“We cannot allow this trend to continue,” the president wrote in the order, which was issued in a bid to counter a wave of attacks by the Islamic State group.
“We must stop the oppression of Muslims and their religious practices.”
Trump also announced that his administration will begin issuing waivers to some of his travel bans.
Those waivers will allow for the travel of those who are from Muslim-majority countries or are temporarily barred from entering the U .
S. because of the Islamic religious observance.
The order is not a blanket ban, but it does block refugees from seven Muslim-ruled countries, temporarily blocks travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and blocks entry to the U and U-visas for the country from Iran and Iraq.
The order also suspends the refugee admissions program for 120 days, while suspending the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely.
Trump has also said he will be issuing a directive to all agencies to ban religious attire from federal buildings, and he is set to unveil a new administration policy for protecting the environment.