Trump’s Team Considers Adding These 7 Countries To Travel Ban
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President Donald Trump and his administration are considering adding 7 additional counties to his travel ban.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the administration is considering adding Belarus, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
The expansion could be unveiled as early as next week.
Officials are reportedly mulling over immigration restrictions on the seven new countries, rather than banning all their citizens from entering the U.S.
Trump confirmed to reporters while at Davos this week that he is planning to add more countries to a new version of the travel ban.
Chad had also previously been included on the "travel ban" list, but it was removed in April 2018.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley declined to confirm any details about plans for the updated travel ban, but said the policy was “profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world.”
“While there are no new announcements at this time,” Gidley said, adding, “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 counterterrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
The Trump administration has argued that its travel restrictions are essential to national security, due to countries named on the list not adequately vetting travelers to the U.S.
The first travel ban currently in effect and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court restricts U.S. entry to some citizens in Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea.
Several lefty groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed legal challenges to the travel ban, but have been unsuccessful.
The Supreme Court has made it clear the president of the United States can legally restrict immigration for national security purposes, which is what Trump has been doing.
Trump vowed to keep the nation safe, and many would agree he has done that since taking office.