New Travel Ban Rules May Start Sunday
Officials say country-specific restrictions to replace Trump's travel ban
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2017 12:12 PM CDT
President Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration on one facet of the president's travel ban—but that may all be moot now, with reports filtering in that the ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries may now be supplanted by country-specific restrictions. Sources tell the New York Times the restrictions, which could take effect Sunday, came after a 90-day review by the DHS, and that constraints for affected nations could include everything from tighter visa controls to an outright travel ban. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal these restrictions are based on each country's security threat, as well as adherence to other criteria. "The Trump administration will ensure that the people who travel to the United States are properly vetted and those that don't belong here aren't allowed to enter," a department rep says.

It's not clear how many, or which, countries made the list. The Journal reports 17 nations were originally under DHS review for not meeting US standards, but about half of those have reportedly since complied. Nations with restrictions would need to make changes acceptable to the US before restrictions are eased. For example, they might have to tell the US about all people known or believed to be terrorists. The seven countries in Trump's original travel ban included Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen; Iraq was removed from the list after it enhanced its travel screening. Trump—who tweeted after London's recent terror attack that the US needs a "far larger, tougher, and more specific" travel ban—still apparently needs to give the OK to the new plan.

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