President Donald Trump
issued a new proclamation Sunday restricting citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S.,
replacing the expiring
ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations.
new travel ban, which will take effect on Oct. 18, will continue to impact citizens of
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria but will now also include travelers
from Chad, North Korea and certain individuals from Venezuela.
"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit
those into our country we cannot safely vet," Trump
tweeted late Sunday.
The new restrictions vary from country to country and range from a blanket
ban on immigrant visas to more targeted sanctions. Existing valid visas
would not be revoked by the new ban, and it could be "subject to
categorical exceptions and case by-case waivers," according to the order.
Trump's announcement came the same day as a 90-day ban on travelers
from six Muslim-majority nations was set to expire. Under the new rules,
citizens from Sudan will no longer be subject to travel restrictions.
Advocacy groups say the latest changes are little more than window-dressing
ahead of a Supreme Court review of the original travel ban, now set for October.
"The administration is once again making cosmetic adjustments to the
Muslim ban in hopes that it will pass the barest possible definition of
anything else," Johnathan Smith, legal director of legal advocacy
group Muslim Advocates,
said in a statement. "The vast majority of the executive order is completely
Here's what to know about the new countries added to the travel ban.
According to the Trump administration, Chad is "an important and valuable
counterterrorism partner of the United States," and has "shown
willingness" to make improvements in immigration and border management.
proclamation states that the West African nation "does not adequately share public-safety
and terrorism-related information." The order also cites terrorist
elements active within Chad or in the surrounding region, such as Boko
Haram, ISIS, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Under Trump's latest directive, citizens of Chad will be barred from
entering the U.S. as immigrants and will not be granted tourist or business visas.
Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have peaked in recent months,
following Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests and the escalation
of a war of words between the U.S. President and Kim Jong Un. In a
speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump threatened to "totally
destroy" North Korea if provoked. In retort, Kim called
Trump "deranged" and a "dotard."
The Trump administration stated that Pyongyang "does not cooperate
with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy
all information-sharing requirements." As a result, all North Koreans
will be blocked from entering the U.S. under the new travel ban.
The Trump administration said Venezuela's government was "uncooperative
in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety
threats," and failed to share anti-terror information. Trump also
stated that Venezuela was not fully cooperating with deportations of its
citizens from the U.S.
The new travel ban targets government officials "who are responsible
for the identified inadequacies," barring officials from five Venezuelan
security agencies and their families from entering the U.S. on business
and tourist visas. The U.S. has already imposed sanctions on certain senior
Venezuelan government figures in response to the
President's recent attempts to hold onto power,
reports the Associated Press.
What else has changed?
Libyan and Yemeni nationals will no longer be able to enter the U.S. with
tourist and business visas, or as immigrants, while all Syrian nationals
are barred from entry. Somalian nationals are barred from emigrating to
the U.S., while short-term visitors applying for visas will be "subject
to additional scrutiny."
Iranian nationals will only be allowed to enter the U.S. using valid student
and exchange visitor visas, but such visitors will have to undergo "enhanced
screening and vetting requirements."
Why is Sudan removed from the list?
Sudan's removal was not explicitly addressed by Trump or the White
House in the proclamation. But
both the WashingtonPost and the New YorkTimes, the administration found that the African country has met security standards
in its latest review.
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