What you need to know as Trump travel ban expires and new restrictions are expected
Stricter, country-specific rules are set to be announced.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires today, 90 days after it went into effect.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recommended the president sign off on new, more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share information with the US or have not taken necessary security precautions.
Here is what you need to know:
Will the ban include new countries?
“The acting secretary has recommended actions that are tough and that are tailored, including restrictions and enhanced screening for certain countries,” said Miles Taylor on behalf of acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke.
The current ban bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” from entering the US.
So, what exactly are the officials saying?
The recommendations are based on a new baseline developed by DHS that includes factors such as whether countries issue electronic passports with biometric information and share information about travellers’ terror-related and criminal histories.
The US then shared those benchmarks with every country in the world and gave them 50 days to comply.
What happens if you are from a country that’s in the current ban list?
The citizens of countries that refused could now face travel restrictions and more stringent screening measures that would last indefinitely, until their governments complied.
Trump last week called for a “tougher” travel ban after a bomb partially exploded on a London Tube train.
He tweeted his desire to see tougher restrictions but that “stupidly, that would not be politically correct”.
What are Trump’s critics saying?
During his campaign, Trump had called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.
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