Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Supreme Court Cancels Trump Travel Ban Hearing As New Version Unveiled

Supreme Court Cancels Trump Travel Ban Hearing As New Version Unveiled

The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea, Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said. "For us, this was a Muslim ban, and it remains a Muslim ban". Some of the countries listed however, will face full bans, although the terms have not been specified just yet. "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Trump said in a tweet. The latest ban also imposes its restrictions indefinitely, whereas the previous ban had a 90-day limit.

The travel ban was first announced within days of Trump taking office in January.

Trump also released a statement saying that the new travel restrictions represent actions that the government is taking to ensure safety and security for Americans by restricting entry into the U.S. POTUS also stated that making America safe is number one priority and that the U.S will not admit individuals that it can not safely vet.

The previous ban, which expired Sunday after six months, extended to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Sudan.

Some federal courts blocked the ban, but the US Supreme Court allowed it to take effect in June with some restrictions. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump "is carrying out his duty to protect the American people".

The arguments were to be heard on October 10th, according to the Associated Press.

Mr Trump's original ban was highly controversial, as it affected six majority-Muslim countries, and was widely labelled a "Muslim ban". Now, this list adds three new countries, two of which are not a majority Muslim country: Venezuela and North Korea.

The Trump administration said these nations failed to share sufficient information with the USA or haven't taken necessary security precautions.

Administration officials said the new rules would not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, and that visitors who hold valid visas from the countries listed will not have their visas revoked.

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