Trump Expands Travel Ban to Restrict Visitors from 8 Countries Indefinitely
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 0:15
The original travel ban was signed by Trump during his first week in office and caused chaos at airports as some nationals from the seven majority-Muslim countries on the original list were caught up in the ban mid-transit. "Of those countries, Chad is majority Muslim, North Korea is literally threatening to nuke us, and the restrictions on Venezuela only affect the officials of the administration of President Maduro, who recently referred to Trump as 'Hitler'".
The revised ban will come into effect immediately after the end of the initial 90-day period.
The restrictions, which will start on 18 October, are targeted at countries that Department of Homeland Security officials say refuse to share information with the USA or have not taken necessary security precautions.
Citizens of Iran will not be eligible for tourism and business visas, but remain eligible for student and cultural exchange visas if they undergo additional scrutiny.
"Making America Safe is my number one priority".
What that means in practice is that the new restrictions vary by country. Sudan, which was included in the original travel ban, was removed from the list.
That order didn't directly address the underlying legal issues, including politically explosive questions about presidential power and religious bias. The second order removed Iraq from the list, and the courts eventually ruled that people with a "bona fide" connection to the USA could not be barred.
And the inclusion of Venezuela and North Korea appeared to be an attempt to block challenges from advocacy groups and others who have called the restrictions a ban on Muslims.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that with the new restrictions, "the President is carrying out his duty to protect the American people".
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Trump cryptically replied in response to a question about the ban: "The travel ban: The tougher, the better". Administration officials said the new ban is based on a review of which countries are complying with U.S requests for information on which visitors pose potential terrorist threats.
Last week, Trump hinted he was prepared to extend and expand the ban.
The Trump administration's announcement on Sunday that it is issuing new travel restrictions on people entering the United States from eight countries could lead to an upcoming Supreme Court case on its previous more controversial ban ending in a whimper rather than a bang.
The Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments in the challenge to the March 6 order on October 10.
"Six of President Trump's targeted countries are Muslim".
Now the nine-justice court could skip deciding the case altogether, legal experts said.