Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations; not a full travel ban

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 16:57:20-05

The Trump administration is curbing immigration for six countries as part of an election-year push. But the move isn’t a full travel ban like President Donald Trump’s initial order in 2017.

Department of Homeland Security officials say the six countries didn’t meet security screening requirements for identification and information-sharing.

The new effort restricts certain kinds of visas, and the countries affected are Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

Seven other countries are subject to a more strict ban, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

The current restrictions are the third version of Trump’s travel ban, and those new restrictions comes as Trump tries to show progress on his immigration priorities.

The restrictions go into effect Feb. 21.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on the ban:

President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban is un-American. Expanding this ban does not make us any safer and further hurts our country’s reputation on the world stage. I hope my colleagues will join me to help pass the NO BAN Act that would put an end to President Trump’s prejudiced travel bans.