Trump travel ban to be replaced by restrictions for certain countries

By Daniel Uria   |   Sept. 23, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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Sept. 23 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump's travel ban will be replaced with more specifically tailored restrictions on travelers from certain countries, officials said.

The forthcoming travel restrictions will vary depending on how certain countries screen their nationals and share terrorist information with the United States. The new measures could include a ban on travel to the U.S. or restrictions on obtaining visas.

President Trump's original travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan or Somalia is scheduled to expire Sunday.

He is expected to sign a proclamation related to the new travel restrictions on or before Sunday.

Trump hinted at a broader version of the travel ban in his Twitter response to the terrorist attack on a London subway last week.

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

Officials said the new travel restrictions were developed following negotiations with security officials in various other countries.

Countries were evaluated based on their ability to verify the identity of a traveler, the use of electronic passports and if they share information about terrorist and criminals emanating from their countries

The Department of Homeland Security submitted a report to Trump with specific recommendations on Sept. 15, but didn't provide details on which countries weren't in compliance with U.S. regulations.

Countries that didn't meet the requirements were given 50 days to comply or face travel restrictions.

"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," Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary of homeland security for public affairs, said.

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