Earlier this year, President Trump announced a travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries. The move was met with anger, as protesters flooded airports and closed bodegas, demanding justice for those impacted by the travel ban. After several revisions and court rulings that have limited its scope, the ban was implemented. That ban expired Sunday, September 26 and was replaced with a similar ban that lists different countries. Sudan was dropped from the ban after being one of the original six countries listed. North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela have been added, according to a proclamation from the White House. As of Sunday, a total of eight countries sit on the travel ban: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. However, unlike the previous travel ban, some of the countries have very specific restrictions on who can and cannot travel into the U.S., particularly Venezuela.
The proclamation states that the countries were added to the original travel ban after “a worldwide review of whether, and if so what, additional information would be needed from each foreign country to assess adequately whether their nationals seeking to enter the United States pose a security or safety threat.” The proclamation also claims that “this was the first such review of its kind in United States history.”
Making America Safe is my number one priority,” Trump tweeted with a link to the proclamation. “We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.”
According to the proclamation, travel from Venezuela will not impact the general public. Instead, the travel ban being placed on Venezuela will target certain government officials that have been “uncooperative” in sharing information about the identity of Venezuelan nationals and their risk to national security. Officials from several divisions of Venezuela’s federal government, along with their immediate families, will be denied entry into the U.S. Those who work for the Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration; the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps; the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service; and the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations will be affected. As per the travel ban, officials from these agencies and their family members have had their business and/or tourist visas suspended, barring them from entering the U.S.
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the irrational decision of the Government of the United States of America to once again catalog the noble Venezuelan people as a threat to their national security, this time under false assumptions that they pose a terrorist threat and to American public order,” Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a statement.