Sep 25, 2017

Trump's new travel ban

Dave Lawler, author of World

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President Trump has declared new bans or restrictions on travel from eight countries, effectively replacing the existing travel ban that is due to expire. The returning countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The new additions: North Korea, Chad and Venezuela. With the exception of Venezuela, which faces lighter restrictions, nearly all nationals of these countries will be banned indefinitely.

One obvious change is that, after the earlier policy was labeled a Muslim ban, the Trump administration has added countries that are not majority-Muslim. The policy will take effect October 18, and officials said countries will be added and removed from the list based on security conditions. The Supreme Court is still set to rule on the constitutionality of the prior ban next month.

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