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Trump Administration Announces New Travel Restrictions

Trump Administration Announces New Travel Restrictions

The restrictions on countries already covered under the earlier travel ban will take effect immediately, with an exception for individuals covered by a carve-out ordered by the US Supreme Court, which allows entry for those with a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship" with a US person or entity.

White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or were not willing to meet U.S. standards for identifying potential terror threats.

President Donald Trump is relied upon to declare new limitations on go to the United States as his restriction on guests from six Muslim-greater part nations lapses Sunday, 90 days after it became effective.

The officials refused to identify the countries or give a number.

The new order could fall short of a complete ban, instead tailoring travel restrictions on a country-by-country basis.

Trump huddled with Duke, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his director of national intelligence and his national security adviser Friday to discuss the issue, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

In June, the Supreme Court allowed parts of the ban on new visas for travelers coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to go into effect ahead of oral arguments scheduled for October 10.

Three new nations were added to the list of countries whose citizens will face the restrictions: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela - although the restrictions on Venezuela target that country's leadership and family members.




That order, like the first version signed by Trump in January, was immediately challenged in court by civil liberties and immigrant advocacy groups. Trump had required an "aggregate and finish shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" amid his crusade.

The administration's stated reason was national security: the need to ensure the six countries have adequate vetting procedures for travellers, so as to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

"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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Taylor said the recommendations were based on whether countries were providing US authorities with enough information to validate the identities of potential immigrants and visitors and to determine whether or not they posed a threat. Sudan is the only country named in the original travel ban which does not appear in Sunday's directive.

During the review, Taylor said, "We were actually able to get some of those who were non-compliant to be compliant". But some were either unable or unwilling to give the United States what it needed, officials said.

He also could not say what would happen in the six countries if a decision is not made before the ban expires.


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