Trumps Expands Travel Ban To Eight Countries, Adds North Korea, Venezuela

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On Sunday evening, President Trump announced he would replace his controversial travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions that will enhance vetting for nationals from eight countries, and restrict or prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea and Venezuela among others, to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia - countries that hardly have a "thriving" tourism industry with the US.

“As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people,” Trump said in the proclamation. Individuals who fall under the Supreme Court's "bona fide" exception can still apply for visas until Oct. 18. This would allow a foreign grandparent of a U.S. citizen to be granted the benefit of travel until this date.

Speaking to reporters earlier, Bloomberg noted that Trump said “the tougher, the better,” on the restrictions. During his presidential campaign, Trump spoke often of “extreme vetting” of those wanting to enter the U.S., and on Sunday he tweeted, “We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.”

While Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were part of the president's original travel ban, it has removed travel restrictions on Sudan, while adding Chad, Iraq, Venezuela and North Korea.  The addition of latter two nations broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list. Though Iraq is not part of the list of targeted nations, the Department of Homeland Security said that Iraqi nationals should "be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks to the national security or public safety of the United States." 

The officials say these states failed to comply with the U.S. information-sharing requirements that aim to make vetting processes stronger. 

Some states were denied because of their identity management and information sharing deficiencies, some have substantial terrorist organizations in their region that add to the threat level of admitting their citizens into the U.S., and others have failed to comply whatsoever with the information agreements.

 

The restrictions are “necessary” and conditions-based with the aim of protecting Americans by having stronger vetting standards, one senior official said.

 

Changes to the list can be made on a rolling basis with updates every 100 days. The changes can go both ways: countries can be taken off the list, but they can also be put on the list if they are not seen as complying with the standard

The officials said an announcement will be coming in next six days to inform members of Congress about any changes or modifications to the refugee cap.

The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump’s original travel bans were challenged in court. The proclamation comes the same day that Trump’s 90-day ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations is set to expire.

“North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements,” the proclamation said. "Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended."

Of course, the revised ban is largely just another theatrical measure by Trump: an administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, acknowledged that the number of North Koreans traveling to the United States now was very low.

While the full fact sheet on the just announced "Proclamation on Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats" can be found here, here are the White House's justifications for its new country specific restrictions:

  • Chad – Although it is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorists, the government in Chad does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, and several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIS-West Africa, and al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Chad, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.
  • Iran – The government in Iran regularly fails to cooperate with the United States Government in identifying security risks; is the source of significant terrorist threats; is state sponsor of terrorism; and fails to receive its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as nonimmigrants is suspended, except that entry by nationals of Iran under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
  • Libya – Although it is an important partner, especially in the area of counterterrorism, the government in Libya faces significant challenges in sharing several types of information, including public-safety and terrorism-related information; has significant inadequacies in its identity-management protocols; has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States; and has a substantial terrorist presence within its territory. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Libya, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.
  • North Korea – The government in North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended.
  • Somalia – Although it satisfies minimum U.S. information-sharing requirements, the government in Somalia still has significant identity-management deficiencies; is recognized as a terrorist safe haven; remains a destination for individuals attempting to join terrorist groups that threaten the national security of the United States; and struggles to govern its territory and to limit terrorists’ freedom of movement, access to resources, and capacity to operate. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is suspended, and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
  • Syria – The government in Syria regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. Government in identifying security risks; is the source of significant terrorist threats; has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism; has significant inadequacies in identity-management protocols; and fails to share public-safety and terrorism information. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Syria as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended.
  • Venezuela – The government in Venezuela is uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety threats; fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately; and has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas is suspended.
  • Yemen – Although it is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorism, the government in Yemen faces significant identity-management challenges, which are amplified by the notable terrorist presence within its territory; fails to satisfy critical identity-management requirements; and does not share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.

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jamesmmu's picture
President Trump Understands The Economic Power Of The United States Now Lies In Its Military Might.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/president-trump-understands-the-economic-...

stacking12321's picture

Fuck trump.
I'll decide where I travel.
Trump is in charge of trump.
I'm in charge of me.

dogismycopilot's picture

are you from one of these shit hole countries?

are you retarded?

 

roddy6667's picture

So you believe the government when they say "it's for your own safety"? They will say the same thing when they put you in a FEMA camp, and you will thank them.

giovanni_f's picture

[breathless] Venezuela...? Who is next? Andorra? The Vatican? The fairy confederation of Unicornia? Any man without tits and less doddery as that orange ass-clown or the generals he receives the orders from (besides Ivanka)?

That this country - Venezuela (!) - is on the list tells you WMDs are not necessary to construct a mortal enemy. That the whole North Korea hype is MADE UP by the deep state shadow government to hurt China and Russia should be clear for anyone who has not spent the last 360 days in the basement of his parents binge fapping on Sarah Palin fake porn pictures.

Judging from the comments here on ZH it appears that there are quite many lightweight-libertarians out there that can easily be manipulated into supporting whatever war the deep state wants them to.

All you need it is a 24/7 media campaign by the MIC-Machine of the US for a war against North Korea.

 

cherry picker's picture

You are absolutely correct.

That is what Land of the Free is about.

Most of these followers on this thread would prefer to subjugate themselves to whoever they idolize at any given moment.

Sid Davis's picture

Isn't this a ban on travel into the US from these listed countries, and not a ban on travel from the US to these countries? It is an immigration ban, not the reverse.

Of course, if you travel to one of these countries, you probably wouldn't be allowed back into the US directly from that country, which would probably be a good thing given how dumb someone would need to be to take such a trip.

NickPeeMe's picture

As long as Saudi Arabia is banned all is well.

nmewn's picture

And Kaepernickistan ;-)

Son of Loki's picture

MAGA!

 

End the NFL taxpayer subsidies.

 

NOW!

nmewn's picture

Oh, absolutely. Along with the outrageous sums advertisers pay to get their products in the face of viewers.

And it wouldn't be a bad idea to clip the wings of SJW "doves" pretending to be sportscasters on ESPN and/or busting up ESPN as the monopoly that it is just like what needs to happen to Gooolag & Microshaft.

Its a brand new day ;-)

Never One Roach's picture

Speaking of Kapernick, anonymous sources tell me he will be hosting the Emmys next year along with the Clock Boy and Mr Khan, Hillary's token muzlim.

giovanni_f's picture

And Angela "Mutti" Merkel, the Crypto-Muslima.

Rusty Shorts's picture

If this (USA) was truly free, we could travel anywhere anytime we goddamned wanted to.

SmackDaddy's picture

Travel onto my property and you'll be choking on the business end of a 12ga.

A+ boomercuck posting though

Rusty Shorts's picture

Whatever dude. Who the fuck wants to travel to your property? 

roddy6667's picture

It's not your property, you are just renting from the government. If you don't believe me, stop paying your property taxes. After a while the landlord will send men with guns to evict you.

victoriamproletari's picture

Where's the proeprty tough guy? Gonna put your money where your mouth is or oull a trump abd just talk tough and never back it up

The government telling me where and where i cant travel is freedom? Remember when republicanism meant valuing just governance nstead of being a zionist cryptojew that likes red more than blue?

tmosley's picture

What the fuck are you even talking about? This is a ban on people FROM those countries coming here, not American citizens going there.

victoriamproletari's picture

Cant travel to a country if it isnt a rothschild backed central bank state

roddy6667's picture

Americans are banned from any travel to North Korea. Also, Americans can only visit Cuba under special circumstances.

agNau's picture

Add California Trump!

shinobi-7's picture

Eventually ALL foreign countries should be on the list graded from green to yellow, red, purple and black. ALL 345 of them! Including Foreignland and Nonexistan to make sure no one can get through. The wall MUST also be built and be at least 20 feet high with miradors every half miles. Now should the machine guns be towards the outside or the inside?

whatamaroon's picture

Dang, there went all the Bernie voters from Venuzeula.

downwiththebanks's picture

You and Bernie are bros on Venezuela--capitalist world-fuckers, unite!  Uncle Sam's CIA ratfucking project has reached bipartisan consensus.

http://venezuelatoday.net/u-s-senator-bernie-sanders-hugo-chavez-is-just...

coast1's picture

wake me up when trump bans travel to and from israel...thx

PitBullsRule's picture

Why would you go to any of those shitty places anyway?  Otto Warmbier went to North Korea and they sent him back with his brains scrambled and he died a few days later.  

Do you need more proof than that?  They fucking despise Americans and they want to kill us, don't pay to give them an opportunity!

roddy6667's picture

You don't know what happened to him. Most of the people who get into trouble in NK are religious fanatics like Fundamentalist Christians and Mormons who believe they will make brownie points with their Invisible Leader if they convert a heathen. They distribute literature and try to convert the citizens. This is illegal there, and it ends up in a jail sentence. 

I don't believe the people hate Americans. They are always polite and curious to outsiders, like the people in most countries.

tmosley's picture

You sound like someone in desperate need of a helicopter ride.

roddy6667's picture

Some people hate it when I speak the truth.

redmudhooch's picture

Was Otto Warmbier an American Student or an Israeli Spy?

The Jewish press announced that Warmbier was a Jewish boy, active with Hillel and visited Israel

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/06/22/was-otto-warmbier-an-american-s...

rwe2late's picture

 The US wants to block anyone from traveling to those places

and reporting information that contradicts the official US-MSM narrative.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

It's already time to put Sudan back on the list.

 

Today's church shooter was from that Muslamo-negroid hellhole.

spdrdr's picture

Hell Yeah!  I was just going to post about a Sudanese "refugee" in this thread.  Thank you for closing it!

mofinance's picture

So much for my long distance relationship with my Venezuelan girlfriend

spdrdr's picture

Many, many ways around that.

are we there yet's picture

I approve the ban. Those countries are dangerous insane places. It's safer to run across the freeway over and over.

roddy6667's picture

People who live in a free country are free to travel anywhere they want. A Chinese citizen can go anywhere he wants to.

onmail1's picture

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4908496/Valerie-Plame-Wilson-twe...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-14/us-provide-israel-record-38-bil...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-29/george-soros-behind-plot-topple...

Zewish controlled America is begging for War

(actually holocaust for yiddish- a nuclear one)

Jesus said : Heaven & Earth will pass away but his words wont

=========

America is a threat to entire world

I ask some country to nuke the west

That is the only guarantee to live in peace

for the rest

HattoriHanzo's picture

What are the chances this list ends up being a total of 194 countries?

Laughing.Man's picture

Not many North Koreans would make it to the US regardless of the ban.  IIRC, most of them would stay in China or head to South Korea.

redmudhooch's picture

Pretty much the entire world hates us and wants to kill us, shouldn't we just go ahead and ban the entire planet?

Possibly Aliens from outer space too?