Trump's New Travel Ban Attempts to Prove It's Not Anti-Muslim

Geneva Matthews
September 26, 2017

The Supreme Court has postponed for now a hearing on President Donald Trump's power to ban immigrants from certain countries while it considers whether a new order issued Sunday night makes the case moot.

The second version of the rules were also halted before the Supreme Court issued a preliminary decision allowing them to go into effect with modifications.

The administration removed travel restrictions on Sudan, which had been covered under the previous ban.

The indefinite restrictions apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea.

The restrictions are targeted at countries that the Department of Homeland Security says fail to share sufficient information with the USA or haven't taken necessary security precautions. The U.S. then shared those benchmarks with every country in the world and gave them 50 days to comply. It even specifically targets immigrant visas, in case it was unclear that this is about preventing more non-white people from becoming US citizens.

The new ban is set to go into effect on October 18, but it already applies to five of the six countries covered by the March 6 ban, according to a U.S. State Department cable issued on Sunday and obtained by Reuters.

The new restrictions will be phased in over time, officials said, and the restrictions will not affect anyone who already holds a US visa. For example, while Iran remains on the list of countries with travel restrictions, student and exchange visas are an exception.

Trump last week called for a "tougher" travel ban after a bomb partially exploded on a London subway.

Critics have accused Trump of overstepping his legal authority. All citizens from those countries will be denied visas to enter the United States once the proclamation goes into effect. It covers more countries (eight), including two that are not majority Muslim, and while its provisions vary by country, the travel restrictions are in most cases stricter. "This is still a Muslim ban-they simply added three additional countries", Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project and a challenger of the ban, told Reuters.

Sudan was dropped from the list of banned countries after the Sudanese government provided information required under the new criteria set out by the Trump administration earlier this year, a White House official said on Monday.

Following an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security, we are taking action today to protect the safety and security of the American people by establishing a minimum security baseline for entry into the United States. "Administration officials said that the new rules would not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, and that visitors who now hold valid visas from the countries listed will not have their visas revoked", the Times reported.

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