Why Venezuela Is on Trump's New Travel Ban

Why Venezuela Is on Trump's New Travel Ban

Earlier, Donald Trip had banned citizens of six Muslim countries to travel to the United States through an executive order. "The fact that Trump has added North Korea with few visitors to the US and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban." - said Mr. Romero.

"My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation", Trump said in a statement.

The presence on the revised list "of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list", the ABC says.

The announcement came the same day that Trump's temporary ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire, 90 days after it went into effect.

However, these limits will have little practical impact on the two countries as few DPRK visitors travel to the United States and the new restrictions on Venezuela apply only to government officials, not to the broader population, according to local experts.

The restrictions on individuals and new countries covered by executive order will not be implemented immediately. One senior official insisted to the Post that the restrictions "either previously or now were never, ever ever based on race, religion, or creed", adding that the governments included "are simply not compliant with our basic security requirements". With some exceptions, the president's new directive continues to ban travel to the United States by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Several states also sued to block it on grounds that it prevented legitimate visa holders, family members, U.S. residents, students in universities and foreign workers for USA companies from entering the country.

The US has extended its controversial travel ban to encompass more countries, now expanding to include people from Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.

"These travel limitations and restrictions are a vital tool for enforcing adequate information sharing requirements and necessary for the security and welfare of the United States".

The US leader maintained that making America safe is his top priority.

Valid visas that were already issued by the U.S. government will not be revoked, the administration said Sunday.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke also praised the White House's proclamation, saying it will allow DHS to better keep terrorists and criminals from entering the US.

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific", he said.

That ban prevented individuals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the country, unless they could prove they had a family member who is a current US resident.

The new policy may complicate the Supreme Court's review of the expired ban, which is scheduled for argument next month.