Trump administration plans to replace controversial travel ban with new rules

Trump administration plans to replace controversial travel ban with new rules

Trump administration plans to replace controversial travel ban with new rules

The Department of Homeland Security has sent Trump recommendations for entry restrictions and additional visa requirements based on shortcomings in the information each country shares with the USA and an assessment of the risk of terrorist infiltration the nation poses, administration officials told reporters on Friday.

President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban - which applies to Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria - is set to expire on Sunday.

Though the restrictions would differ for each country, people living in the targeted nations could be prevented from traveling to the United States or could face increased scrutiny as they seek to obtain a visa. Prior to that, however, the Trump administration is expected to roll out new restrictions that would affect a larger number of countries that the previous ban.

For now, the Trump administration has said it is seeking to push other countries to share more detailed and verifiable information about travelers, or risk new penalties.

The new restrictions would be based on factors such as individual countries' cooperation with U.S. mandates and the terrorist threat the Trump administration deems each country to pose, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

"The Trump administration will ensure that the people who travel to the United States are properly vetted and those that don't belong here aren't allowed to enter", said Jonathan Hoffman, assistant secretary for public affairs at the department.

Iraq was later taken off the banned list after improving security procedures.

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When Trump signed the original travel ban at the end of his first week in office, he sat flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Trump had originally tried to ban the entry of nationals from seven countries, including Iraq, in a January executive order that sparked protests, chaos at airports and a flurry of legal challenges.

The Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments in the challenge to the March 6 order on October 10.

The original travel ban included restrictions on the entry into the United States of refugees from around the world. Supreme Court overruled them in June.

President Trump signaled on September 15 that he favored a wider travel ban, tweeting after a bomb went off in the London Underground that "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

Critics accused the administration of basing threat assessments of travellers exclusively on the religion of the majority of people who lived in the nations identified by the executive order.

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