Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions on nine countries

White House looks to expand Trump travel ban

The measures restricting travel to the United States include an indefinite ban on visas for citizens of countries like Syria.

Trump's original travel ban, impacting the six majority-Muslim nations, was roundly slammed for being needlessly discriminatory, haphazard, and divisive. Restrictions for Somalia will be relaxed for non-immigrant visitors, and restrictions for Iran will be relaxed for students and other exchange visitors. "The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended". And unlike the original ban, which was temporary and expired on Sunday, the new order extends indefinitely.

"Each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions, though in most cases citizens of the countries will be unable to emigrate to the United States personally and most will be barred from coming to work, study or vacation in America", the report noted.

Several states also sued to block it on grounds that it prevented legitimate visa holders, family members, U.S. residents, students in universities and foreign workers for USA companies from entering the country.

"Trump extended the ban to North Korea for "(not cooperating) with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements". "So, at the end of the day, it really remains a Muslim ban".

The Supreme Court has taken two cases involving President Trump's controversial travel ban off its calendar, after the White House issued a revised and expanded ban. He also added that the list was formulated to "advance foreign policy, national security and counter-terrorism objectives", PTI reported. They noted that restrictions on Venezuela target only the country's leadership and family members.

Higher education groups have widely opposed Trump's travel ban. On campuses, administrators sought to reassure worldwide students, both those from the affected countries and those who anxious they might be next. A second, slightly reworked, version of the ban was also successfully challenged. Some parts of the ban were allowed by the Supreme Court through a ruling. Arguments will reportedly start on October 18. The rules, however, are likely to further complicate colleges' global recruitment efforts.

There were roughly 15 countries that were flagged by DHS and alerted by State, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reported, and that number included the six already affected by the prior travel ban.

North Korea, locked in a unsafe face-off with Washington over its nuclear weapons program, was added, the order said, because Pyongyang "does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect".

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