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Trump Issues New Travel Ban On 8 Countries

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US President Donald Trump has issued a new order to impose travel restrictions on citizens from eight countries on the basis of evaluation that they pose threat to America's security.

Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen are the countries the restriction applies to.

The restrictions on Venezuelans apply only to government officials and their family members.

Although Iraq did not meet the baseline security standards, it was exempted from blanket ban.

However, as per the recommendations of the Secretary of Homeland Security, Iraqi citizens who are traveling to the United States will be subject to additional scrutiny.

The new proclamation removed restrictions that were placed on Sudan.

The new travel ban comes as an old executive order, which denies visas to citizens of six majority Muslim countries, is nearing expiry.

The new countries and the revised waiver policy will come into force on October 18.

These restrictions will help prevent potential terrorists and criminals from reaching our shores, Trump said.

The White House explained that the citizens of these countries will not be allowed to enter the United States or may face other travel restrictions because their Governments did not meet the US Government's traveler vetting and information sharing requirements.

Washington had shared the new requirements with foreign governments in July. They were warned that failure to comply would have consequences and were given 50 days to work with the United States to make improvements. In response, a number of nations took action such as increasing their information sharing with the United States regarding terrorism threats, enhancing travel document security, or improving their reporting of lost and stolen passports.

The White House made it clear that restrictions being imposed on the eight countries are conditional, and may be lifted as they work with the United States Government to ensure the safety of Americans.

by RTT Staff Writer

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