United States travel ban is psychological terrorism - Venezuela

United States travel ban is psychological terrorism - Venezuela”

Bush on Thursday criticized Donald Trump's decision to add North Korea to a list of nations whose citizens are banned from traveling to the United States, Business Insider reports.

During a private dinner which was off-the-record on Thursday night, President Bush suggested the policy would discourage dissidents and defectors who might be looking to flee the country, however relatively few North Koreans are even capable of traveling to the U.S. in the first place. Though, the administration did indicate that Iraqi citizens will be subject to additional scrutiny when traveling to the United States.

Pundits have remarked that the inclusion of these two new countries is an attempt to make the travel ban seem less like a "Muslim ban". For example, as Reuters described, for Venezuela, the ban only applies to some government officials and their families, not to all Venezuelan citizens.

"North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements", the revised travel restrictions said.

The White House defended the new ban, saying that it only covered nations that have not met the new security guidelines.

The new ban will go into effect on October 18 for those not already affected by current travel restrictions.

Any assets they held in the U.S. were frozen and USA entities were banned from doing business with them. "The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended". However, the administration did note that it is planning on release new guidance for refugee admissions in the next few days.

"The revised travel ban shows a xenophobic policy towards Muslims which is mutating, virus-like, into an ever more resilient strain", said Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Earlier this month, the University that it was joining an amicus - or friend-of-the-court - brief that would oppose the travel ban. Sunday marked the 90-day expiration of the implementation of this ban.

The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear whether the executive order was an unconstitutional ban on Muslims on October 10.

These new sanctions function to cut off sources of revenue that are funding North Korea's efforts to develop their nuclear weapons, and they target entities that trade with North Korea within energy, medical, mining, textiles, and transportation industries. Notably, it also includes North Korea and Venezuela on its list of targeted countries.

The U.S. and North Korea have been enemies for decades, but tensions have been particularly high recently as Kim Jong-un and Trump have engaged in a heated war of words over North Korea's nuclear program.

Overall, Trump's new travel ban brings several significant changes, including the addition (and removal) of countries and a limitless timeline for how long these restrictions will be imposed. "Why are you banning something that doesn't exist?"

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