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Trump Plans To Add Nigeria And Six Other Nations To Travel Ban List

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Trump Administration Plans To Add Nigeria And Six Other Nations To Travel Ban List

Trump Administration Plans To Add Nigeria And Six Other Nations To Travel Ban List

Firstly, according to U.S. media reports, U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to add Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as well as Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania to its travel ban list.

Secondly, Trump made this known during a bilateral meeting with the President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020.

Some countries will face bans only on some visa categories, the Wall

Street Journal reported. The list of countries was not final and could

yet change, website Politico said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview with the Journal that

he was considering adding countries to the travel ban, but declined to

state which ones. Politico said an announcement was expected as early

as Monday.

The move is likely to sour ties between the United States and the

countries affected under the expanded ban.

Nigeria, for example, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country,

is a U.S. anti-terrorism partner and has a large diaspora residing in the United States.

A senior Trump administration official said that countries that failed to comply with security requirements, including biometrics, information-sharing and counter-terrorism measures, faced the risk of limitations on U.S. immigration.

Trump Administration Plans To Add Nigeria And Six Other Nations To Travel Ban List

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond

to requests for comment. The State Department declined to comment.

Under the current version of the ban, citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea,

Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as some Venezuelan officials and their

relatives are blocked from obtaining a large range of U.S. immigrant and

non-immigrant visas.

Chad was previously covered under the ban but was removed in April 2018.

Citizens of the countries can apply for waivers to the ban, but they are

exceedingly rare.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammad,

Steve Holland and Humeyra Pamuk in San Jose, Costa Rica; Editing by

Mohammad Zargham and Tom Brown.

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