Latest Travel Ban Impacts Seven Countries
President Donald Trump and his officials laid out part three of their travel ban over the weekend. In this revised version, citizens from Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, and North Korea will not be allowed to enter the United States of America beginning next month. Certain groups of people from Venezuela will be restricted as well or face heightened security measures.
By adding North Korea and Venezuela to this list and removing Iraq, the Trump administration is attempting to refute claims that this travel ban attacks Muslim countries. While briefing the press, the officials claimed his ban was “never, ever, ever” about religion or race.
This travel ban is quite different from the previous versions. In fact, it’s even more stringent. It doesn’t come with the 90-day suspension, which gave visitors some hope. Each of these countries failed to measure up to minimum standards of screening travelers for potential threats. Trump ordered a detailed worldwide review of the security measures in several countries, aiming to stop terrorists and criminals from entering the U.S. using any visa, including student and work visas.
Each of the countries included in the latest ban has their own set of restrictions. For Venezuela, some of the government officials and their families will not be able to enter the country. Iran can send their students to the U.S. via exchange programs with enhanced screening. No one from Somalia can emigrate here but can still visit, again, with heightened screening.
Students from any of these countries who are already in the United States will be able to complete their education and remain in the country until their visa expires. After that, the travel ban will impact them as well.
Trump’s initial travel ban, which came a week after he took office in January, caused a lot of unrest and protests from all over the country. At the time, all the countries on his list followed the same faith: Islam. His swift announcement on Sunday is sure to entail an equal amount of chaos as before. Currently, his Twitter feed is filled with calling NFL athletes unpatriotic so he hasn’t had the time to tweet, his greatest form of communication, about this travel ban just yet.