Trump signs new travel ban with enhanced vetting

President Trump has signed a presidential proclamation with new restrictions on travel to the United States as his existing ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect, according to senior administration officials.

On a background call about the new restrictions, the officials said restrictions will apply to Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, which have all been deemed to have “inadequate” identity-management protocols, information-sharing practices, and risk factors. The U.S. is implementing travel limitations and restrictions unique to the foreign nationals of each country. 

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke also assessed that Iraq did not meet the baseline but concluded that entry restrictions and limitations under a the proclamation are not warranted. Duke, according to officials, recommended that nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks to the national security or public safety of the U.S.

According to officials, the U.S. is easing restrictions on Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia and removed restrictions on Sudan altogether. And it added new restrictions or additional vetting of four new countries found not to be in compliant with U.S. vetting procedures — Chad, Iraq, North Korea and Venezuela.

While North Korea continues to pose as a threat to the U.S. with its continued nuclear provocations, Senior administration officials told reporters that the regime does not cooperate whatsoever on the baseline requirements of the administration’s ban. 

Officials said the lack of sharing between the two nations makes it difficult to validate the identification of those coming from North Korea and difficult for the U.S. to ascertain if a given individual is a threat to U.S..

The restrictions on individuals and new countries covered by executive order will not be implemented immediately, They’ll take effect October 18, in what senior administration officials called a “phased-in implementation period.”

The new order is intended to enhance vetting capabilities and processes for detecting entry to the U.S. by terrorists, as well as other public safety threats.

Mr. Trump tweeted shortly after the proclamation’s release, writing “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.”

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