Trump adds 3 new countries to his travel ban

Posted September 26, 2017

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the new travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration - which now include North Korea - still amount to a "Muslim ban". Starting Sept. 1, the Trump administration has barred Americans from traveling to the North, after a USA student was sent home in a coma and later died after more than a year in detention in the North. Like the previous version, this ban blocks travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

After considerable advance speculation, the president has issued a new travel restriction order to replace most of the highly controversial and much-litigated temporary order issued in January and revised in March.

The US Supreme Court on Monday canceled arguments scheduled for October 10 on President Trump's second travel and refugee ban executive order, less than 24 hours after Trump signed a new set of travel restrictions and the previous travel ban expired. However, the restrictions for Venezuela apply only to government officials and their immediate families.

The restrictions range from an indefinite ban on visas for citizens of countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions.

Unlike the very first order, which caused great chaos at airports and generated much fear about people lawfully in the United States being deported, the new order does not affect permanent legal residents or those with valid visas (e.g., student and employee visas), at least until such visas expire.

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The court has asked for briefs, no longer than 10 pages, that address whether the new proclamation and the upcoming expiration of refugee-related sections of the earlier executive order make the case moot.

Critics have accused Trump of overstepping his legal authority. Last week, Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" in response to Trump's threats to "totally destroy" the North. Trump later said Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people". Chad is also a Muslim-majority nation. The new policy has updated with the addition of two countries with few Muslims and banned everyone from North Korea and Venezuela's some government officials. First, the restrictions are the product of an extensive country-by-country review of cooperation with US requests for information on possible terrorist suspects, and of technical capabilities to screen travelers.

The second version of the rules were also halted before the Supreme Court issued a preliminary decision allowing them to go into effect with modifications.

President Nicolas Maduro has called those sanctions a financial blockade against the country, which is grappling with triple-digit inflation and chronic product shortages as its economy unravels.