Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

New US travel ban "psychological terrorism": Venezuela

New US travel ban

The new ban now includes travel prohibitions for some Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family, as well as nationals from North Korea and the Central African country of Chad.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority".

The move arrives on the day, the main part of travel ban of President Trump, on which blocks the issuance of visas to citizens of countries, was due to expire. "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Mr Trump said.

After considerable advance speculation, the president has issued a new travel restriction order to replace most of the highly controversial and much-litigated temporary order issued in January and revised in March. Unlike a prior ban, which was meant to be temporary, the new restrictions are set to continue indefinitely. As part of the presidential proclamation signed on Sunday, the USA will also bar the entry of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate families. The proclamation also drops one country previously named - Sudan.

Earlier this summer the Court partially removed a stay on the ban, allowing it to go into effect while the courts weighed its constitutionality.

To limit confusion, valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation.

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In October, the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear a pair of cases which were expected to determine the legality of the president's order.

Venezuela was added Sunday to a new list of countries targeted by the USA ban, due to what it called poor security and a lack of cooperation with American authorities.

Johnathan Smith, legal director of the advocacy group Muslim Advocates, also slammed the measure as the "same Muslim ban" and an attempt "to undermine our Constitution". Last week, Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard" in response to Trump's threats to "totally destroy" the North. Trump later said Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people".

The ACLU, along with other organizations, were to participate in the legal challenge against the ban when the court reconvenes in October but instead the justices have asked all parties for briefs addressing "whether, or to what extent" the new prohibitions may render the case moot and to do so by Oct. 5.

The restrictions are targeted at countries that the Department of Homeland Security says fail to share sufficient information with the USA or haven't taken necessary security precautions. Officials said that Iran was uncooperative and would be subject to a broad travel ban, but Mr. Trump made an exception for student and exchange visas.

The new measures are conditional and can be lifted if the targeted countries "work with the United States Government to ensure the safety of Americans", according to the White House.

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