Washington (September 23, 2017): The Trump administration will unveil more tailored restrictions on travelers from certain countries as a replacement to the controversial travel ban, said a senior administration official.
The new restrictions will vary by country. They could include a ban on travel to the United States, or new restrictions on obtaining a visa for citizens of particular countries.
They would replace the ban on entry by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, which Trump announced early in his term and later modified.
The policy was under a 90-day review, which expires Sunday. The new measures are expected to take effect by then.
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.”
Despite the 90-day expiration date on the travel ban, its path has been littered with a series of false starts and stops for the last eight months as federal courts have chipped away at its original intent and scope.
President Donald Trump recently suggested on Twitter a “far larger, tougher and more specific” travel ban was needed in the wake of a terror incident in London, saying, “but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”
Since late June, 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.