Biggest Ban Yet: Eight Countries Named In New Order Restricting Travel

Biggest Ban Yet: Eight Countries Named In New Order Restricting Travel

President Donald Trump ordered restrictions on travel to the USA from eight countries, replacing his ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the new list could possibly have eight or nine countries on it, including some if not all of the six now affected. Senior administration officials said a review of Sudan's cooperation with their national security concerns and information-sharing showed that it was appropriate to remove the nation from the list. The directive also stipulates that United States officials can grant waivers to the travel restrictions on a case-by-case basis.

After the September 15 bombing attack on a London train, Trump wrote on Twitter that the new ban "should be far larger, tougher and more specific - but stupidly, that would not be politically correct".

More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted Friday.

Officials haven't said which countries or how many the new measures might affect.

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

The severity of the new restrictions will vary depending on how individual countries cooperate with USA government mandates, as well as specific threat assessments of each country and additional factors, the Wall Street Journal originally reported. Individuals from the relevant countries with a bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States will be issued visas.

Though a portion of the travel ban is set to expire Sunday, there are 30 days left on the 120-day ban on refugee arrivals. In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, ahead of the release of what's expected to be a new executive order, Trump said of the restrictions, "the tougher, the better".

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on October 10 on whether the current ban discriminates against Muslims in violation of the US Constitution, as lower courts previously ruled.

The solicitor general will formally notify the Supreme Court of the new proclamation this evening, as it will effect the litigation now before the justices. It was not immediately clear what effect the latest directive will have on the case. Check back for updates.