The Trump administration has proposed another Muslim ban. It unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. It is scheduled to go into effect next month on October 18, 2017.
“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night.
The revised travel ban effecting those from six-Muslim majority countries officially expired earlier Sunday, and Sudan was removed from the list of affected countries. The new list of countries notably includes two non-Muslim majority nations, including North Korea and Venezuela. In most instances, travel will be broadly suspended, while in other cases, travelers will have to undergo enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
It is important to note that unlike the earlier ban, which temporarily limited travel for 90 days, the new restrictions are indefinite.
The President’s latest order was met with swift criticism by the same groups that filed lawsuits earlier this year, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Six of President Trump’s targeted countries are Muslim. The fact that Trump has added North Korea — with few visitors to the US — and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn’t obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU. “President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list.”
The image below gives a brief description of who will be effected by the new ban.
ICNA CSJ has covered this issue before and provided two webinars on the topic in partnership with immigration lawyer Afia Yunus. These were recorded and are presented below for your knowledge. Please listen to them and share them with your family and friends.
Muslim Ban: What to Expect Now and How to Prepare for Travel
Rights: What to Do When ICE Agents Are At Your Door