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US Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing, looks at Trump's revised policy

26 September 2017

Complete travel bans were reportedly imposed on the nationals from North Korea and Chad, while limited travel restrictions were imposed on Venezuela - mainly officials from a list of government agencies and their families. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed legal challenges to the earlier bans, suggested the new version carries the flaws of its predecessors. His action is in full compliance with his campaign promise where Trump often spoke of "extreme vetting" of those wanting to enter the USA, and he tweeted as regards to that on Sunday saying, "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet".

Mr Trump's original ban was highly controversial, as it affected six majority-Muslim countries, and was widely labelled a "Muslim ban".

The Supreme Court is still scheduled to decide on the original order in October, but some say the justices can opt out of issuing a decision.

"We can not afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country", Trump said in the statement.

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The president's new ban is replacing another travel ban that was set to expire just hours before and it targets travelers from eight countries. The three new countries that have been added to the ban are Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.

That could range from a complete ban to more stringent screening measures for citizens of countries that haven't complied with new USA benchmarks.

Iraqi citizens will not be subject to travel prohibitions but will face enhanced scrutiny or vetting.

The new ban will go into effect on October 18th.

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The previous ban, which sparked global outrage and legal challenges when enacted in March, expired on September 24.

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

"Venezuela categorically rejects the irrational decision by the United States government to once again categorise the Venezuelan people as a threat to national security. under the false pretense that they pose a terrorist threat", Xinhua quoted a statement from the government.

DHS has spent recent months working to develop a new security baseline, which includes factors such as whether countries issue electronic passports with biometric information, report lost or stolen passports to INTERPOL, an global law enforcement body, and share information about travelers' terror-related and criminal histories.

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US Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing, looks at Trump's revised policy