“The Trump administration will ensure we only admit those who can be properly vetted and will not pose a threat to national security or public safety”, Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary of homeland security for public affairs, said.
President Donald Trump, whose initial measures against the six countries were blasted as an effective “Muslim ban”, has yet to make a final decision on which nations will make the new list for much-restricted issuance of United States visas, they said. The information includes assessments from the countries on the risk of terrorists entering the USA, criminal records of the countries’ citizens and passport security.
The severity of the new restrictions will vary depending on how individual countries cooperate with US government mandates, as well as specific threat assessments of each country and additional factors, the Wall Street Journal originally reported.
Instead, it appears Trump’s executive order will be abandoned in favor of new targeted restrictions that are slated to affect more countries.
“Quite frankly the screening and vetting status quo is no longer adequate”.
“Our enemies and our adversaries are dead set on exploiting our defenses to enter our country and we’ve got to do everything possible to keep nefarious actors out”, said Miles Taylor, counselor to the secretary of homeland security.
USA officials said that with the current ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen due to expire today, Mr Trump has been given recommendations by Ms Elaine Duke, the acting homeland security secretary, but has not yet made a decision on the details of any new order.
That left the way ahead murky for citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, who have been blocked from obtaining USA visas since the ban began at the end of June. The president signed the first executive order a week after taking office, temporarily banning people from seven nations – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the country. After a terrorist attack in London, he tweeted: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific – but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”
Taylor said the restrictions Duke recommended are temporary and not time-based, meaning they could be lifted if the nations come into full compliance with the new standards.
In late June, the Supreme Court allowed the revised March 6 executive order imposing the travel ban to partially take effect, but ruled it could apply only to those who lack a “bona fide” relationship with a person or organization in the U.S.
Trump declared the unanimous Supreme Court decision “a clear victory for our national security”.
The president had issued his initial travel ban executive order a week into his presidency, unleashing chaos at airports, mass protests in the US and worldwide, condemnation from a broad spectrum of global leaders – and Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the federal judiciary after judges blocked his travel ban. A federal judge in Washington state issued a stay that was upheld by an appeals court.