United States President, Donald Trump, intends to add Nigeria to a list of nations for visa restrictions. Seven countries are on Trump’s travel ban list, consistent with U.S media and agency reports. The countries are – Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Some countries will face bans only on some visa categories, the Wall Street Journal reports. The list of nations wasn’t final and will yet change, Politico reports.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal from Davos, Trump said he’s trying to feature additional nations to the travel ban list, but declined to list the countries.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley defended the approaching order during a statement.
“The travel ban has been profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the safety baseline round the world,” he said.
“While there are not any new announcements at this point, common sense and national security both dictate that if a rustic wants to completely participate in U.S. immigration programs, they ought to also suit all security and counter-terrorism measures because we don’t want to import terrorism or the other national security threat into the united states.”
Politico adds in its report that Trump could make the announcement of nations on the travel ban list as early as Monday.
Not the primary time
On January 27, 2017, barely every week into his tenure, Trump signed the first travel ban order which initially denied visas to citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. This list was later modified after a series of legal challenges.
The Supreme Court eventually allowed a 3rd iteration of the order to travel into effect. This iteration restricts entry of some citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, alongside Venezuela and North Korea. Chad was removed from the first list.
Damaging bilateral ties
Politico writes that countries into account for the expanded travel ban include some that have either had solid bilateral relations with the U.S., or which the U.S. has courted.
Per Politico: “Nigeria, as an example, is a U.S. counter-terrorism partner and there’s an outsized Nigerian diaspora community within the united states. At an equivalent time, Trump has within the past mentioned African nations as “shithole” countries whose citizens he didn’t want coming to the us.
He also once said that if Nigerians come to the U.S., they’re going to never “go back to their huts” in Africa.”
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has acknowledged that the U.S. has been creating criteria for foreign governments to deal with.
“For a little number of nations that lack either the desire or the potential to stick to those criteria, travel restrictions may become necessary to mitigate threats,”
Wolf said in prepared remarks for a Homeland Security Experts Group event. Citizens of the affected countries can apply for waivers to the ban. Granting these waivers is another matter entirely, however.