Trump travel ban extended to North Korea

White House declines to confirm or deny new travel ban
White House looks to expand Trump travel ban
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26 September, 2017

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.

Iraqi citizens will not be subject to travel prohibitions but will face enhanced scrutiny or vetting.

The department of homeland security will have the authority to add or remove travel restrictions on countries as conditions change, a senior administration official said. A few federal courts have blocked the ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to take effect in June with some restrictions.

The proclamation, which will go into effect on October 18, expands the list of countries to include residents from the following countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Trump tweeted late Sunday after the new policy was announced. It's a result of a review after Trump's original travel ban was challeneged in the USA court.

To limit confusion, valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation. In some cases, these countries also have a significant terrorist presence.

According to Politico, only 110 North Koreans received visas to travel to the U.S.in the last fiscal year.

The enhanced national security measures, aim to create, for the first time in history, minimum requirements for worldwide cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the U.S. They are designed to protect Americans' safety in an era of risky terrorism and transnational crime.

The U.S. then shared the new baseline requirements with every foreign government in July and gave them 50 days to comply. After that date, the new restrictions on travel will begin.

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Five countries in the previous ban remain under restriction: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

Trump has also blocked the issuance of all visas from North Korea and Syria, while for Iran, almost all visas were blocked except those for students and exchange visitors.

After the September 15 bombing attack on a London train, Trump wrote on Twitter that the new ban "should be far larger, tougher and more specific - but stupidly, that would not be politically correct".

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

Venezuela and North Korea are the only two non-Muslim majority nations on the list.

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Sunday laying out travel restrictions for eight countries, including five that were subject to the previous travel ban, marking the latest chapter in the administration's efforts to limit entry to the USA for certain foreign nationals.

The new rules would not have a stated end date, with countries facing the potential of being added or removed from the list at any time, according to the Journal, which cited people familiar with the process. The second order removed Iraq from the list, and the courts eventually ruled that people with a "bona fide" connection to the US could not be barred.

"This looks to be the Trump administration's third try to make good on an unconstitutional campaign promise to ban Muslims from the United States", ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement.


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