Trump announces new travel ban

New US travel ban

New US travel ban"psychological terrorism: Venezuela

Like the previous version, this ban blocks travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries.

In 2016, more than 72,000 nonimmigrant and immigrant visas were issued to the countries covered by the new ban, excluding Venezuela, with almost half of those going to Iran. This new version of the ban adds restrictions to three additional countries (Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela) and removes one previously banned country: Sudan. Speaking on the ban issuance, Trump tweeted saying that making America safe was his number one priority.

The second version of the rules were also halted before the Supreme Court issued a preliminary decision allowing them to go into effect with modifications. Sudan was removed from the original list, after recent praise from United States officials for Khartoum's efforts in fighting terrorism.

The new ban now includes travel prohibitions for some Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family, as well as nationals from North Korea and the Central African country of Chad. Countries could be removed from the list should they meet security standards set by the United States, the White House said.

For nonimmigrants, the restrictions are still quite severe, but they vary by country.

Current visa holders will not be affected, according to The New York Times.


The Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments on President Donald Trump's travel ban and refugee ban - originally scheduled for October 10 - as both sides of the case work to file briefs on the impact of a new immigration order from the Trump administration, issued Sunday. "That means that students already in the United States can finish their studies and employees of businesses in the United States who are from the targeted countries may stay for as long as their existing visas remain valid".

In response to being added to the list, Venezuela accused Trump of conducting "political terrorism" by imposing travel restrictions. Last week, Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard" in response to Trump's threats to "totally destroy" the North. Trump later said Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people".

Johnathan Smith, legal director of the advocacy group Muslim Advocates, also slammed the measure as the "same Muslim ban" and an attempt "to undermine our Constitution". "The fact that Trump has added North Korea - with few visitors to the US - and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban", said Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ban on citizens of the six countries was to last 90 days; the ban on refugees was to last 120 days.

Following an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security, we are taking action today to protect the safety and security of the American people by establishing a minimum security baseline for entry into the United States. North Korean government officials are based at the country's diplomatic mission to the United Nations in NY.

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