Trump expands travel ban to include North Korea, Venezuela and Chad

Airlines workers check passengers in for flights at the ticket counter at Dulles International Airport in Dulles Virginia U.S. September 2

They will go into effect as soon as Sunday, after the conclusion of a 90-day policy review undertaken as part of the administration's original travel ban, reported The New York Times.

Besides North Korea, the new countries on the list are Chad and Venezuela, though the travel ban for the South American country applies only to certain government officials and their family members, according to the president's proclamation and fact sheets here and here. We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", the president said in a tweet shortly after the proclamation was released.

The American Civil Liberties Union rights group said the addition of the new countries "doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban".

The restrictions take effect October 18 for Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

Critics have accused the Republican president of discriminating against Muslims in violation of constitutional guarantees of religious liberty and equal protection under the law, breaking existing USA immigration law and stoking religious hatred.

The order is set to take effect on October 18th, and officials indicated an announcement will be made within six days to Congress about changes or modifications to America's refugee cap.

Unlike the previous versions of Trump's travel ban, which sparked nationwide protests and lawsuits, the new standards are based on factors such as whether countries issue electronic passports with embedded traveller information or share information about travelers' terror-related and criminal histories, the administration said. The decision cited Trump's campaign statements in concluding that the order was motivated by anti-Muslim bias.

"I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people", Trump wrote in Sunday's proclamation. One senior official insisted to the Post that the restrictions "either previously or now were never, ever ever based on race, religion, or creed", adding that the governments included "are simply not compliant with our basic security requirements".

Trump's last order, issued in March, drew legal challenges supported by tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which argued that it was discriminatory and unlawful. And it added new restrictions or additional vetting of four new countries found not to be in compliant with USA vetting procedures - Chad, Iraq, North Korea and Venezuela.

Earlier, Trump had announced the much-criticized travel ban on joining office. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ban next month.



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