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Trump Has Issued A Revised Travel Ban And Venezuela Is On The List

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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.


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People Have Packed Puerto Rico's San Juan Airport And Are Standing In Hot, Humid Conditions So They Don't Lose Their Place In Line

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People Have Packed Puerto Rico’s San Juan Airport And Are Standing In Hot, Humid Conditions So They Don’t Lose Their Place In Line

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“The food is not enough, the gas is not enough, so everyone is fighting to get at whatever is available.”

CBS reporter David Begnaud is in Puerto Rico painting a picture of the total disarray the island is in after Hurricane Maria. From the lack of food and water to floodwater-submerged houses, electricity still out, spotty cell service coverage at best, and a flood-damaged dam ready to burst, Puerto Rico is facing the largest disaster and humanitarian crisis of its modern history.

Off-air, Begnaud was a little less buttoned up about what was happening, showing how desperate the situation at the airport actually is.

Begnaud spoke to some people who have been sitting in the airport for up to five days in abysmal conditions. According to some who were waiting in line, people who were able to afford ticket prices of $1700 and up to $3000 were able to board some of the earlier flights off the island.

Flights off the island are starting at $1,500.

Parents are stuck inside the airport where it’s the hottest, so they don’t lose a spot in line, while their children sweat in their strollers.

Governor Ricardo Rossello is aware of the situation and is planning on sending relief to the airports…

But for some that relief isn’t coming fast enough.

Some Puerto Ricans are trying to use their celebrity status to motivate action.

Infuriated with a government that isn’t doing enough, Marc Anthony called on the president to focus on issues more important than sports.

Ricky Martin has partnered with YouCaring to raise funds for Puerto Rico.

Even superstar Luis Fonsi couldn’t keep it together when asked about the crisis.

Fonsi in an interview with Telemundo said “We want to help and we’re looking for every way to do that. We haven’t forgotten about them” as he pushed through tears.


READ: As The Federal Government Argues With The NFL And Debates Healthcare, J.Lo And New York State Are Helping Puerto Rico


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