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Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban

On January 31, 2020 the Trump Administration expanded Presidential Proclamation 9645(commonly known as the Travel Ban 3.0) to suspend U.S. entry of nationals from the following countries: Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

The extended ban suspends entry for immigrants of Burma and Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria (except special immigrants who have provided assistance to the U.S. government) and Diversity Visa immigrants of Sudan and Tanzania.

Presidential Proclamation 9645 was initially issued in September 2017 and suspended the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants of Iran (except F and M students and J exchange visitors), immigrants and temporary tourist and business visitors of Libya and Yemen, immigrants and nonimmigrants of North Korea and Syria, and certain government officials and their family members of Venezuela. Chad was included in the initial ban but in April 2018, Proclamation 9723 removed the visa restrictions previously imposed on Chad.

The Trump Administration claims that nationals of the countries subject to the travel ban pose a national security or public safety threat because of the countries’ inadequate identity management protocols, information sharing practices and additional risk factors.

Immigrant groups such as The American Immigration Lawyers association (AILA) have condemned the ban’s intent and impact.  Marketa Lindt, AILA President has stated that the January 2020 expansion of the ban “is an unnecessary and discriminatory obstacle for individuals seeking entry into the United States. Previous bans have had devastating impacts, including unnecessary family separations, unfounded visa denials, lost career and educational opportunities, and more. This ban does not protect Americans from any identified national security threat. Rather, it stifles our diversity, harms our economy, and weakens our commitment to equality before the law.”

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