Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

The Travel Ban Is About To Expire. Here's Trump's New Plan

The Travel Ban Is About To Expire. Here's Trump's New Plan

The new ban comes on the heels of the previous ban expiring this coming Sunday, so in essence the Trump administration will look to continue the ban even longer, but this time with additional stipulations put in place.

But Omar Jadwat, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who has argued against the ban in court, said politics, not national security, would likely decide the issue, at least until the Supreme Court can rule on it next month. These officials warned a number of foreign governments that they will severely restrict or suspend travel to the USA unless they fully comply with the security regime. The justices ruled that travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could bypass the ban if they could prove they had a "bona fide" relationship with a US person or organization.

The White House declined to confirm the new measures, but said in a statement: "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".

In March, Trump issued a revised executive order that sought to suspend the United States 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.

Changes to the system have been under consideration for weeks in preparation for the looming expiration of a 90-day travel ban for countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

When President Trump signed the original travel ban at the end of his first week in office, he sat flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis. 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!"

Oral arguments are scheduled to begin on October 10.

The travel ban finally went into effect June 26 after the Supreme Court allowed a scaled-down version.

Challengers representing travelers who have faced a ban on entry to the US want the case to proceed, at least for now, said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's immigration rights project, who has argued the case in lower courts.

Again, the administration lost in two appeals courts, leaving Trump furious and turning to the Supreme Court.

The report was said to conclude that around half those countries had since changed procedures as the prospect of being included in a new ban loomed.

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