New Trump Travel Ban Targets Some Venezuelan Government Officials

On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced a new proclamation that will place travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to travel to the United States. This revised travel ban will affect citizens of eight countries, including Chad, Iran, Lybia, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

President Trump states in the proclamation that the restrictions were placed on these eight countries because their governments are unable to satisfactorily provide a “baseline” of information needed “to confirm the identity of individuals seeking entry into the United States as immigrants and nonimmigrants, as well as individuals applying for any other benefit under the immigration laws, and to assess whether they are a security or public-safety threat.”

Unlike the other seven countries, the new restrictions do not suspend immigration for all Venezuelans. Rather, President Trump’s proclamation only suspends business and tourist visas for “officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures … and their immediate family members.”

The travel restrictions targeting Venezuelan government officials come after the Trump administration placed new sanctions on certain members of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, including Maduro himself.

The President’s proclamation is likely to face a challenge in the courts. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on October 10 in two cases related to Trump’s previous travel bans. The original executive order temporarily banned all citizens from seven Muslim majority countries from traveling to the United States but was prevented from being fully implemented by the courts.

The new travel restrictions go into effect on October 18.

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