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US: New Travel Ban Targets Predominantly Muslim Countries

30.6.2017 14:14
Hundreds of people assembled on 21 January 2017 at noon on Wenceslas Square in Prague to express support for a march by women in Washington, DC, USA that same day. Referencing the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, they appealed for respect for the values of democracy and rejected populism. (PHOTO:  Johanna Neje‎, Prague Solidarity Rally with the Women's March on Washington)
Hundreds of people assembled on 21 January 2017 at noon on Wenceslas Square in Prague to express support for a march by women in Washington, DC, USA that same day. Referencing the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, they appealed for respect for the values of democracy and rejected populism. (PHOTO: Johanna Neje‎, Prague Solidarity Rally with the Women's March on Washington)

On Thursday 29 June, the United States initiated a modified travel ban that would block most visitors from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the US for the next 90 days. Only “close” relatives of persons already in the US and those with clearly documented business or educational ties to the US are exempt from this new legislation.

The new policy defines “close” relatives as parents, spouses, fiancés, children-in-law, and siblings. Those not defined as “close” relatives include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other extended family.

According to BBC news, “The [Supreme C]ourt also approved a 120-day ban on refugees entering the US, allowing the government to bar entry to refugee claimants who cannot prove the same ties to an American individual or entity.” However, refugees who meet the new guidelines concerning family ties will still be allowed into the US.

The Cato Institute reports that foreign nationals from these six countries “killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015.” It is currently unclear how the travel ban is supposed to improve US security.

According to the New York Times, “top officials from the departments of State, Homeland Security and Justice would not say how the president’s executive order would make the country safer.” The original travel ban was initiated on 27 January, producing massive protests within the US and around the world.

The policy was struck down by federal judges in several states, and has since faced revision. Critics are still objecting to the implementation of the ban, and the Supreme Court is scheduled to make a final decision regarding the new policy in October.

Djenne Dickens
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