Trump administration to add seven countries to its travel ban list
The White House will add seven new countries to its travel ban, including Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Washington Examiner, January 21, 2020:
The announcement could arrive as soon as Monday, the three-year anniversary of the original order, according to administration officials with knowledge of the list, a report by the Wall Street Journal said. Some countries will only face a ban on certain visa categories and the rule would not ban citizens outright from entering the U.S. The list of countries is not final.
On the Davos sidelines early Tuesday, President Trump confirmed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal his administration’s plans to name additional countries. He declined to name them, however.
An updated version of the ban was expected later this month, with the new rules expected to antagonize U.S. relations with the countries in question.
Trump signed his original travel ban Jan. 27, 2017, one week into into his first term. The order, which initially applied to seven majority-Muslim countries denying their citizens U.S. visas, inspired massive revolt after the president referred to it as a “Muslim Ban” on Twitter.
It was amended and upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court decision, affording the White House a major victory. A third iteration was later upheld, which restricted entry for some citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
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