Sunday, September 24, 2017

What's next after Trump travel restrictions expire today?


Donald Trump's travel restrictions sparked demonstrations across the country.

THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS placed on six predominantly Muslim countries expire today, Sunday (Sept. 24), and it is uncertain what the Trump administration will do next.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security did not reveal any specifics but it is expected that the administration will expand the list to include other countries besides the original six.


The DHS submitted its recommendations to the White House on Sept. 15. The new restrictions will vary by country and could include a ban on travel to the United States, or new restrictions on obtaining a visa for citizens of particular countries, said a DHS official to The Wall Street Journal.

Miles Taylor, counselor to the secretary of Homeland Security, told reporters that acting Secretary Elaine Duke has recommended restrictions that are "tough" and "tailored," but "temporary and may lifted again as circumstances change."


The White House declined to confirm details about the new proposals, but said in a statement Friday: "The Trump administration will ensure we only admit those who can be properly vetted and will not pose a threat to national security or public safety."


The original controversial Muslim ban imposed by Donald Trump's administration was intended to be limited to 90 days and affected travelers from Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Syria.

Federal courts heard and mostly agreed to challenges to the constitutionality of the original executive order to restrict travel from the six countries saying it discrminated against followers of Islam. The order was rewritten by the administration to remove the religious aspect but the second order was also challenged in the courts.

By the time the administration was able to write something that was half-way acceptable to the conservative-leaning Supreme Court it was already July 7 and a few weeks left until the 90-day deadline.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments are currently scheduled for 10 October, but the replacement of the ban with other restrictions could render the case moot.
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