Trump to add more countries to travel ban
January 22, 2020 - The White House plans to add seven countries to President Trump’s long-disputed travel ban, introduced in 2017, which created an uproar for targeting mainly Muslim-majority nations.
The Trump administration is planning to add seven - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to U.S. media reports.
Under the current version of the ban, citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as some Venezuelan officials and their relatives, are blocked from obtaining a large range of U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
The announcement, which could come as soon as Jan 27 to mark the anniversary of the initial ban, would be evidence that Trump is prepared to emphasize some of his administration’s most divisive immigration policies during the heat of an election year.
The move is likely to sour ties between the U.S. and the countries affected under the expanded ban.
Nigeria, for example - Africa’s largest economy and most populous country - is a U.S. anti-terrorism partner and has a large diaspora residing in the United States.
- Trump weighs travel ban expansion in coming days (POLITICO)
- The U.S. has admitted far more Christian refugees than Muslim refugees in recent years (Pewresearch)
- Trump Considering an Expansion of His 2017 Travel Ban (NYT)
- White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ba (AP)
- Trump administration plans to add Nigeria and six other nations to travel ban list: reports (Reuters)
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