Donald Trump Revises Travel Ban: New List of Countries Whose Citizens Won’t be Allowed to Enter US
Washington, Sept 25: US President Donald Trump revised his controversial travel ban list of the countries whose citizens were banned from entering America. The North Korea, Venezuela and Chad are among eight countries on the US travel ban list. The new rules vary by country, with some nations facing outright travel bans and others subject to more limited restrictions. The restrictions will come into effect on October 18. “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” Donald Trump tweeted while sharing the executive order of travel ban on eight countries.
Earlier, Donald Trump put restrictions on travel to the United States on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. According to the revised travel ban list, the new restrictions would also apply to five of the six countries covered by the previous ban — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Sudan, which was included in the first list, has been exempted from the restrictions this time.
The previous order of travel ban came under sharp political attack, and legal challenges kept the rules on hold for months. In June, the Supreme Court allowed a modified version to take effect. The apex court is set to hear arguments in the case next month, and it is unclear how the revised list would affect the case.
Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.https://t.co/KJ886okyfC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Here’s the list of eight countries whose citizens have been banned from entering the US:
- Chad: Chad does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information and fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion. Additionally, several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIS-West Africa, and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb. The entry into the United States of nationals of Chad, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.
- Iran: Iran regularly fails to cooperate with the United States Government in identifying security risks, fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion, is the source of significant terrorist threats, and fails to receive its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States. The entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as nonimmigrants is hereby suspended, except that entry by such nationals under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended.
- Libya: Libya faces significant challenges in sharing several types of information, including public-safety and terrorism-related information necessary for the protection of the national security and public safety of the United States. Libya also has significant inadequacies in its identity-management protocols. Further, Libya fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion and has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States.
- North Korea: North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements. Nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants have been barred from entering the US.
- Syria: Syria regularly fails to cooperate with the United States Government in identifying security risks, is the source of significant terrorist threats, and has been designated by the Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism.
- Venezuela: Venezuela government is uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety threats. Venezuela’s government fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately, fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion, and has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States.
- Yemen: Yemen faces significant identity-management challenges, which are amplified by the notable terrorist presence within its territory. The government of Yemen fails to satisfy critical identity-management requirements, does not share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately, and fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion.
- Somalia: The United States Government has identified Somalia as a terrorist safe haven. Somalia stands apart from other countries in the degree to which its government lacks command and control of its territory, which greatly limits the effectiveness of its national capabilities in a variety of respects. Terrorists use under-governed areas in northern, central, and southern Somalia as safe havens from which to plan, facilitate, and conduct their operations. Somalia also remains a destination for individuals attempting to join terrorist groups that threaten the national security of the United States.
Under the new restrictions, the eight nations now have complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States. Full travel bans were placed on nationals from North Korea and Chad, while the restrictions for Venezuela were limited to officials from a long list of government agencies and their families. The US officials also argued that the addition of North Korea and Venezuela demonstrated that the measure was set on the basis of security and was not a “Muslim ban,” as detractors have claimed.