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Trump renews travel ban with restrictions targeting new countries

25 September 2017

Officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the new order.

Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Syria, will be barred from entering the U.S. because of the inadequate information-sharing and risk assessment protocols in those countries, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced. "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Trump said in a tweet shortly after the proclamation was released. Nations were given a list of minimum requirements for entry into the US, similar to what the Department of Homeland Security now requires of people entering the country from visa waiver nations, including biometric passport data and background checks.

"The tougher, the better", Trump said of his order as he prepared to leave New Jersey for the White House late Sunday. Citizens of those countries would be denied entry or face other travel restrictions until their governments made changes.

Opponents of Trump's much disputed original travel ban say the new version still unfairly targets Muslim majority countries.

The officials said North Korea "does not cooperate with the USA government in any respect and failed to satisfy all information-sharing requirements".

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Trump says in the proclamation that his approach is more tailored with regard to nonimmigrants when countries demonstrate mitigating factors, such as a willingness to cooperate, or when future cooperation appears likely.

The new order will take effect October 18.

Trump suggested the ban be expanded following a deadly attack in London earlier this month.

The travel restrictions vary based on the country.

"The restrictions either previously or now were never, ever ever based on race, religion or creed, " one senior administration official said.

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About Caracas and Pyongyang, " these governments do not simply to our basic requests in terms of security", he said.

The controversial ban was first introduced by executive order and included Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iraq and Iran.

When that measure was blocked in court, Trump signed a revised order removing Iraq from the banned list and only barring the issuance of visas to citizens of the six remaining countries and all refugees. The case now rests in the hands of the Supreme Court. Trump had faced severe criticism for allegedly attempting to block Muslims from entering the US. The court could return the entire dispute to the trial court level or alternatively dismiss the case over the temporary ban and leave it to the challengers to file new lawsuits.

This is the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president.

However, officials stated the people traveling from North Korea are already significantly less. Most nations met the vetting standards, but others failed to adequately comply.

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The President, Donald Trump, unveiled his updated travel ban yesterday. The ban was later suspended by the federal courts citing that this was against religious freedom.

Trump renews travel ban with restrictions targeting new countries