Published on : Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Trump administration will re-evaluate President’s controversial travel ban over the weekend as it is about to approach the deadline which is set to expire on Sunday. As Trump will revisit his travel policies, it could extend or even expand travel restrictions already imposed on six Muslim-majority countries.
According to the new restrictions, the travel ban could vary countrywise or might include new restrictions on obtaining a visa for citizens of particular countries, as the senior administration officials said. They would replace the ban on entry by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, which President Donald Trump announced early in his term and later modified.
In March, Trump issued a revised executive order that sought to suspend the US refugee programme for 120 days and limit for 90 days visa issuances to travelers from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Yemen, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reviewed vetting procedures.
The President is expected to sign a proclamation related to the new travel restrictions either before or on Sunday, according to another senior administration official. Foreign nationals from Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Syria with no “bona fide relationship” to those in the US have been banned from entering the country since the last June.
The President’s March order was rejected by many federal district appeals before the Supreme Court allowed a limited version to go into effect. In January the administration issued a more expansive order that was chaotically rolled out, blocked in the courts and later rescinded.