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Trump Scrapping Travel Ban in Favor of Targeted Restrictions

23 September, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Trump ‘to replace’ almost-expired travel ban with new restrictions

Trump signed the original travel ban one week after his inauguration in January, setting off waves of protests and legal challenges across the country as travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - were suddenly blocked from entering the US and, in some cases, detained by customs officials. Further, unlike the current ban, the new rules will not expire, and the Trump administration will add or remove restrictions to countries as conditions change.

Officials refused to say how many countries - and which countries - might be affected, insisting the president had yet to make a final decision on how to proceed. Officials notified the governments in those nations that travel to the United States could be severely restricted if they did not increase those standards.

For now, the Trump administration has said it is seeking to push other countries to share more detailed and verifiable information about travelers, or risk new penalties.

The U.S. has continued negotiating with some of the nations effected right up until September 15, when Duke submitted her report to the White House.

Specifically, the USA government wants foreign governments to put in place new security checks, like "biometric e-passports", as well as greater "sharing of terrorist and criminal history information, which we need to do proper vetting", said Miles Taylor, counselor to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on a call with reporters Friday.

"There were indeed a higher number of inadequate countries" at the beginning of the process than at the end, Taylor said.

The Department of Homeland Security sent Trump a classified report last week with details on its review of the vetting process for people entering the US, said DHS spokesman David Lapan.

The new travel ban is expected to lay out more specifically targeted restrictions, the Journal reports.

After a bomb partially exploded on a London subway last week, Trump once again called for a tougher ban.

Later, the US Supreme Court following a petition filed by Trump administration against the lower court's ruling revived the ban with a limited scope, allowing entry to those who have credible "bona fide relationship" with a US person or entity.

Mr. Trump signed his original ban in January, banning travel from seven countries: Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Iraq and Iran. "But stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

Iraq was later taken off the banned list after improving security procedures.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

The Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments in the challenge to the March 6 order on October 10.

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