Since President Trump has entered office, travel restrictions for foreigners have been a controversial topic. While the Supreme Court is set to consider the legal challenges to President Trump’s original travel ban, the White House is moving to put more permanent restrictions in place for specific countries.
Starting next month, citizens from the following countries will, for the most part, be barred from entering the United States:
- North Korea
In addition, Iraqi citizens and members of the government of Venezuela and their families will face enhanced screening/restrictions from entering the US.
The new order is more far-reaching than the president’s original travel ban, imposing permanent restrictions on travel, rather than the 90-day suspension that Mr. Trump authorized soon after taking office. But officials said his new action was the result of a deliberative, rigorous examination of security risks that was designed to avoid the chaotic rollout of his first ban.
I’ve only read a few articles so far, and I’m sure there will be a lot more commentary on the new restriction in the days and weeks to come. It seems like the newest set of restrictions is much more tailored to each specific country.
For example, Somalia met some requirements the US asked for, but not others. So, citizens there are barred from emigrating to the US and subject to heightened restrictions on travel.
Without getting overly political, I clearly see differences between the countries on this list. North Korea has, in no way, shape or form cooperated with the US. Countries like Iraq, which appears to have fewer restrictions than others, are much closer to the US on a policy basis. I’m just not sure how all this will play out in the courts.
I have a feeling we’re going to find out.
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