White House Replaces Ban with New Restrictions

White House Replaces Ban with New Restrictions

White House Replaces Ban with New Restrictions

But Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, said that of the three countries added, "Chad is majority Muslim, travel from North Korea is already basically frozen and the restrictions on Venezuela only affect government officials on certain visas".

The restrictions on Venezuela focused on Socialist government officials that the Trump administration blamed for the country's slide into economic disarray, including officials from the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service and their immediate families. The new restrictions will take effect on October 18.

"The countries named have "'inadequate' identity-management protocols, information-sharing practices, and risk factors", the White House said in a statement.

The new travel ban represents the third version offered by the Trump administration.

The current ban bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" from entering the U.S. Sudan, which is on the original list, has been dropped from the new one as of immediately.

The ban now in place, which denies visas to citizens of six countries, will be replaced with indefinite travel restrictions on the aforementioned countries.

Trump has threatened to "destroy" North Korea if it attacks the United States or its allies.

The citizens of countries that refused could now face travel restrictions and more stringent screening measures that would last indefinitely, until their governments complied.

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The restrictions on travel to the U.S. from Venezuela concern only "government officials of Venezuela who are responsible for the identified inadequacies" in screening and vetting procedures there, the proclamation reads.

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he tweeted. "President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims can not be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list".

The expiring ban blocked entry into the United States by people from the six countries for 90 days and locked out most aspiring refugees for 120 days to give Trump's administration time to conduct a worldwide review of USA vetting procedures for foreign visitors.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement the addition of North Korea and Venezuela "doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban".

Trump's original travel ban, signed as an executive order in the first days of his presidency, was always meant to be a temporary measure while his administration crafted more permanent rules.

The new proclamation reads: "As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people".

It was subject to a range of legal challenges and the subject of several large-scale protests, and is due to be considered by the US Supreme Court in October, having been partly reinstated in July.

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