The Trump administration announced the third version of its travel ban on Sunday. The proclamation which expanded on an executive order from March removed Sudan from the list of restricted countries but added North Korea, Venezuela and Chad — one of America’s key counterterrorism partners in the region.
Chad’s government was surprised to learn of the White House’s decision to add their country to the list, claiming not to understand the “official reasons for this decision which contrasts with Chad’s constant efforts and commitments in the fight against terrorism at regional and global levels.”
An executive order banned foreign nationals from six countries from entering the U.S. for the past three months. However, unlike the previous ban which was limited to 90 days, the new restrictions will continue until conditions change.
The new order can be waived on a case-by-case basis if the individual does not pose a threat to national security.
Even though President Trump’s newest travel restrictions added non-Muslim countries to the list, the ban still faced criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union.
“President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list,” ACLU stated.
The ACLU had filed a lawsuit against President Trump after the administration’s first travel ban.
The Department of Homeland Security tasked U.S. embassies abroad with supplying the information needed to enact the travel ban, as many posts tried to get their hosts removed from the list.
The countries that were added to the ban were done so because they could not establish the identity of people seeking to travel. Embassy officials who commented were not authorized to speak with reporters and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
As a result of the latest travel order, hearings at the Supreme Court which were set for Oct. 10 pertaining to the previous ban was canceled early Monday.
Lawyers involved in the travel ban case have been asked to submit briefs by Oct. 5. At this time no hearings on the new travel ban have been scheduled.
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