US President Alters & Extends Travel Ban

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On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation extending the travel ban he signed in June this year. In addition to extending the ban indefinitely, the new proclamation added countries to the list and made some other important changes.

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Which Countries Are Included in the Ban?

This order now has a total of eight countries on the list. Venezuela, Chad, and North Korea were added to the list, while Sudan has been removed from the list.

  • Chad
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

The exact reasoning for why Sudan has been removed from the list is unclear, especially when you consider that it is still classified as a state sponsor of Terrorism by the US State Department.

In addition to the above countries, citizens of Iraq will face enhanced security and vetting procedures, although a blanket ban is not warranted according to the proclamation.

Other Changes

According to the New York Times, the new ban is much more targeted with each country having its own set of restrictions and rules. One crucial change that will be implemented as of October 18 is that the previous order had a clause where those with “a bona fide relationship with a US person or entity” were entitled to apply for a waiver of the ban. This will no longer be possible and such exemptions will no longer apply. It is also unclear whether the other exemptions will remain in place, such as those who are dual nationals with one of the affected countries.

Overall

Although the administration has strived to make “Travel Ban 3.0” court proof, it is very likely that several people and organizations will be bringing various legal challenges questioning the lawfulness of the order, particularly as it has done away with previous exemptions that were included to satisfy court rulings on the legality of the order. Only time will tell if the new order will survive in its current form, with the Supreme court hearing oral arguments on October 10, about the validity of the initial order.

US President Alters & Extends Travel Ban
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