REPORT: Trump Mulling 'Dramatic Expansion' Of Nations On Travel Ban List
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According to a new report, President Trump is considering the expansion of the list of nations to be included on a list of those from which travel has been restricted.
The Associated Press reports that the administration is mulling "dramatically expanding" the number of countries covered as a sensible way to protect America from travelers coming from areas known to be terrorist hotbeds.
President Trump's initial announcement of the restrictions back in 2017 drew fierce resistance from Democrats, their socialist shock troops as well as the media and was obstructed by Obama appointed judges in the courts.
Falsely described as a "Muslim ban" the list was decried by the usual suspects who used it to energize the Democrat base and in an election year, this will again be the case.
Via Stars And Stripes, "White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban":
The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.
A document outlining the plans — timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Trump's January 2017 executive order — has been circulating the White House. But the countries that would be affected if it moves forward are blacked out, according to two of the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the measure has yet to be finalized.
It's unclear exactly how many countries would be included in the expansion if it proceeds, but two of the people said that seven countries — a majority of them Muslim — would be added to the list. The most recent iteration of the ban includes restrictions on five majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as Venezuela and North Korea.
A different person said the expansion could include several countries that were covered in the first iteration of Trump's ban, but later removed amid rounds of contentious litigation. Iraq, Sudan and Chad, for instance, had originally been affected by the order, which the Supreme Court upheld in a 5-4 vote after the administration released a watered-down version intended to withstand legal scrutiny.
Additional details via the Associated Press:
White House House spokesman Hogan Gidley declined to confirm the plan, but praised the travel ban for making the country safer.
“The Travel Ban has been very successful in protecting our Country and raising the security baseline around the world,” he said in a statement. “While there are no new announcements at this time, common-sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures -- because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
Several of the people said they expected the announcement to be timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Trump’s first, explosive travel ban, which was announced without warning on Jan. 27, 2017 — days after Trump took office. That order sparked an uproar, with massive protests across the nation and chaos at airports where passengers were detained.
The current ban suspends immigrant and non-immigrant visas to applicants from the affected countries, but it allows exceptions, including for students and those who have established “significant contacts” in the U.S.. And it represents a significant softening from Trump’s initial order, which had suspended travel from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days, blocked refugee admissions for 120 days and suspended travel from Syria.
As could be expected, the outcry from Democrats was swift and shrill and included those who have been parroting the talking points of the terrorist regime in Tehran, choosing to side with Iran against President Trump.
Among those blasting the news was the virulent anti-Semite, al Quaeda apologist and hater of America Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Also taking to Twitter was Ayatollah Khamenei sock puppet and fading 2020 Democrat presidential contender Elizabeth Warren who rarely misses an opportunity to attack Trump even if it means taking up with America's enemies.
The expansion of travel restrictions would come at a time when Iran has vowed to exact a terrible vengeance against America after terrorist mastermind General Qasem Soleimani was taken out by a drone stroke, much to the dismay of the anti-Trump media.
Democrats and their armies of lawyers and activist judges will ferociously oppose any expansion of the ban even if they put the safety of Americans in peril because this is who they are.