Trump signs new travel ban targeting six Muslim nations

By AFP
Published: March 6, 2017
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 This file photo taken on January 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump signing an executive order alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (C), US Vice President Mike Pence (L), National Trade Council Advisor Peter Navarro (3rd R), Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (2nd R) and Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

This file photo taken on January 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump signing an executive order alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (C), US Vice President Mike Pence (L), National Trade Council Advisor Peter Navarro (3rd R), Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (2nd R) and Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signed a revised ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations Monday – one with a reduced scope so Iraqis and permanent US residents are exempt.

The White House said Trump signed the order – which temporarily freezes new visas for Syrians, Iranians, Libyans, Somalis, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens – behind closed doors “this morning”.

The order places a 120 day freeze on all refugee arrivals.

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The revised ban, which comes into effect on March 16, said the six countries were targeted because their screening and information capabilities could not meet US security requirements.

Officials said that, unlike in the initial January 27 executive order, all pre-existing, valid visas from the six countries would be honoured.

“The motivating factor here is a desire for greater security,” said a senior State Department official.

The Trump administration’s wide-ranging initial travel restrictions were slapped down by the federal courts, after sparking a legal, political and logistical furore.

The State Department cancelled 60,000 visas under the original order, and hundreds of people were reportedly detained at US airports.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Mekal Faruki
    Mar 6, 2017 - 10:45PM

    President Trump has the sovereign right to ban the entry of militants just the same as Pakistan has the right to ban the entry of AfghansRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 6, 2017 - 11:10PM

    Yay! … Pakistan is safe again. Long Live Trump Overlord.Recommend

  • powayman
    Mar 7, 2017 - 12:53AM

    Trump would argue that 5 of the six are essentially failed nations that have no ability to vet the people who are applying for VISA’s – the fact that they are Muslim is coincidental. Iran falls into a separate category and 37+ years of chanting “Death to America” probably warrants a travel ban regardless of religion. Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Mar 7, 2017 - 6:43AM

    Can any Muslim explain , why Muslim wants to go to West, when they abuse them everyday..
    Please explain…Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Mar 7, 2017 - 9:25AM

    Muslim can use any language they wish but has introspect and see why all non Muslim nation have problem with muslim and it is not Trump only, how about Mynamar, Solvania, even China which told means told muslim population to not practice islamic rituals. Australian PMs have asked muslim to leave if they do not like. Muslim problem in Russia, France, Belgium, Germany and close to home….INDIARecommend

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