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Trump announces latest travel ban

Trump announces latest travel ban”

Earlier on Sunday, Trump told reporters about the ban: "The tougher, the better". It raises doubts about a Supreme Court challenge which was launched on the grounds of discrimination.

Trump signed off Sunday on new restrictions on travelers from from three countries not initially part of his contentious Muslim travel ban.

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. He later said he would focus on "territories" and now says the policy doesn't target a particular religion.

The move is part of measures extending the President's ban on the entry into the USA of passport holders from six Muslim-majority countries, which expired on Sunday. USA officials fear that vetting procedures attending visa issuance in a number of countries with high instances of terror are not sufficiently vigorous.

"Following an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security, we are taking action today to protect the safety and security of the American people by establishing a minimum security baseline for entry into the United States", the President said in a written statement.

"The acting secretary has suggested activities that are extreme and that are custom fitted, including confinements and upgraded screening for specific nations", said Miles Taylor, advisor to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke.

White House officials said they had been working for months on the new rules, in collaboration with various government agencies and in conversation with foreign governments - something that didn't happen the first time around.

One mostly Muslim country, Sudan, was dropped from the previous list and another, Chad, was added.

The original countries were Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Trump announced the first version of his travel ban a week after his inauguration, sparking chaos at airports and mass protests across the country.

Where and when the next legal showdown will take place isn't clear. The court could order the parties to submit written arguments about what should happen next, and it might dismiss the case or return it to lower courts for a fresh analysis of the changed circumstances.

North Korea does not allow its own ordinary citizens to travel abroad except in special cases, like to work in overseas jobs that bring in foreign currency or to participate in worldwide sporting events. A federal judge in Washington state issued a stay that was upheld by an appeals court.

"If the court can avoid entering into the fray, that may be appealing to them", said Anil Kalhan, an immigration law professor at Drexel University School of Law.

The justices were already grappling with questions about whether the case before them would be legally moot before they could rule. The rules take effect on October 18.

The full list of countries on the modified list are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

Trump's proclamation specifically calls out North Korea for out-right defiance.



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