- Donald Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations Without Iraq
- President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The new order continued to impose a 90-day ban on travelers, but it removed Iraq. Even putting Iraq back on the banned list if the country’s leaders fail to comply with a requirement that they increase intelligence sharing.
Also, Mr. Trump is leaving open the possibility of expanding the ban to other countries.
In addition, the nation’s refugee program will be suspended for 120 days, and the United States will not accept more than 50,000 refugees in a year, down from the 110,000 cap set by the Obama administration.
- The new order provides other exceptions for travelers from those countries who are legal permanent residents of the United States, dual nationals who use a passport from another country, and those who have been granted asylum or refugee status. It removes an exception to the refugee ban for members of religious minority groups.
Anyone who holds a visa now should be able to get into the country without any problems, although those whose visas expire will have to reapply.
An official speaking on the call said the Justice Department had identified 300 “refugees” who were being investigated for their links to Islamist terrorist groups or for holding pro-Islamic State positions. Some of those people already have permanent resident status, the official said.
But homeland security and Justice Department officials declined to provide further details, and would not say how many of the 300 people being investigated came from the countries covered by the revised travel ban.
- source : New York Times