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This Muslim country is no longer included in Trump's travel ban

This Muslim country is no longer included in Trump's travel ban”

While North Korea continues to pose as a threat to the USA with its continued nuclear provocations, Senior administration officials told reporters that the regime does not cooperate whatsoever on the baseline requirements of the administration's ban.

The new directive largely suspends travel to the United States for immigrants and nonimmigrants with certain types of visas from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

The policy will apply to foreign citizens who are seeking to visit the United States for business or tourism and will also cover people applying for visas as would-be refugees or immigrants.

The Trump administration is preparing to replace its controversial travel ban with a new order tailored on a country-by-country basis but affecting slightly more than the six nations now targeted, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

Senior administration officials told reporters Sunday that USA officials developed the list of countries based on an assessment of how foreign governments met requirements for verifying the identity of travelers and securing travel documentation, along with other national security concerns. But according to both the Washington Post and the New York Times, the administration found that the African country has met security standards in its latest review.

"Our enemies and our adversaries are dead set on exploiting our defenses to enter our country and we've got to do everything possible to keep nefarious actors out", said Miles Taylor, counselor to the secretary of homeland security.

Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating-for the first time in history-minimum requirements for worldwide cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the United States.

The revised travel ban, the White House has said, took into account judges' cited reasons for putting the original ban on hold, and have predicted it would pass constitutional muster.

TAYLOR: The goal here is not to indefinitely block certain nationals from coming to the United States.

The benefit for the administration is that it would wipe out those precedents, including the broad decision by the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said the order discriminated against Muslims.

Awad pledged to "challenge this new Muslim ban with every tool at our disposal - in the courts, at airports and border crossings and in the public arena".

The 90-day travel ban, which covered Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, ran until Sunday. For the five remaining countries, which were part of the original executive order, the exceptions to the visa ban imposed by the Supreme Court for close relatives will remain until Oct 18. "President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims can not be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list". The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ban next month.

With the travel restrictions expiring, the court has an easy way out because it could simply say that the case is no longer a live issue and therefore, in legal parlance, moot.



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