President Trump on Sunday signed off on updated travel restrictions that would limit entry for people coming to the U.S. from eight 6 Muslim-majority countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela, as the existing travel ban is set to expire.
FOX News The new travel restrictions, set to take effect Oct. 18, will affect citizens of North Korea, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Citizens from Iraq do not face the same travel restrictions, but will “be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks” to U.S. security.
Officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation. The order also permits, but doesn’t guarantee, case-by-case waivers.
“As President, I must act to protect the security and interested of the United States and its people,” the proclamation states. He later tweeted, “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.”
The targeted countries are those that the Department of Homeland Security officials have said refuse to share information with the U.S., or haven’t taken necessary security precautions.”
“The acting secretary has recommended actions that are tough and that are tailored, including restrictions and enhanced screening for certain countries,” Miles Taylor, counselor to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, said Friday.
Duke, in a statement released Sunday, said the new travel restrictions “will protect Americans and allow DHS to better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country. The restrictions announced are tough and tailored, and they sent a message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security.”
“Enhanced security” should always include a ban on disgusting Islamic religious displays where Muslims lift their asses to allah in any U.S. airport, blocking pedestrian traffic.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that Trump’s proclamation is the president “carrying out his duty to protect the Ameican people.”
Following the terrorist attack in London last week, Trump tweeted: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”