In addition to the five Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen (as well as Venezuela and North Korea) – already included on Supreme Court-approved Trump’s Travel Ban, seven more countries are rumored to be on the next list.
NPR The scope of the restrictions will vary from country to country, but will apply to Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus, according to the source.
Two have large Muslim majorities (Sudan, Kyrgyzstan), two have significant (35 -50%) Muslim populations (Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania) and one has a small (3%) Muslim population (Myanmar), most of whom are trying to leave. Belarus is the only country on the list with Muslims under 1% of the population.
President Trump says he plans to widen a controversial travel ban that prohibits nearly all people from seven countries from traveling or immigrating to the U.S., calling it “a very powerful ban” that’s necessary to ensure national security.
“We’re adding a couple of countries” to the ban, Trump told reporters at a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We have to be safe. Our country has to be safe. You see what’s going on in the world. Our country has to be safe,” he said.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley declined to comment on any pending decisions, but said the travel ban had been a success. “If a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counterterrorism measures” required, Gidley said.
The ban was put in place by Presidential Proclamation 9645, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.”
The travel ban includes several criteria for the U.S. to evaluate foreign countries’ security practices, including whether they issue secure “ePassports” (with biometric data on a computer chip) and how much information they share with the U.S.
Countries that are found to be “inadequate” are at risk of being hit by restrictions. Trump signed the original version of the travel ban in his first week in office three years ago, triggering confusion and chaos in airports and legal challenges in federal courts.
The Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s third version of the ban, which bars nearly all travelers or immigrants from five majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia — as well as North Korea and Venezuela. The ban also originally included both Iraq and Sudan, but those countries were eventually removed from the restrictions.