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Donald Trump is planning to add Nigeria and six other countries to his travel ban


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Donald Trump is planning to add Nigeria and six other countries to his travel ban – which could extend to more non-Muslim-majority nations

  • Currently travel is banned from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – all but one of them Muslim-majority
  • Now administration is considering adding Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania
  • Nigeria is majority Muslim but by a slim margin, Tanzania is majority Christian while Belarus is overwhelmingly Christian 
  • Myanmar is majority Buddhist and Muslims from the Rohingya minority have been persecuted in the country 
  • Countries being considered are said to have failed to meet State Department standards on biometrics, information-sharing and counter-terrorism measures

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries – Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania – to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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WHO’S BANNED NOW… AND WHO MIGHT BE 

Current ban affects:

Iran: 99.4% Muslim

Libya : 96.6% Muslim

North Korea: not recorded

Somalia: Large majority Muslim 

Syria: 87% Muslim, 10% Christian

Yemen: 99.1% Muslim

(Chad was  on the list them removed)

Being considered:

Belarus: 43.8% Orthodox, 7.1% Catholic

Eritrea: believed Muslim majority, large Christian minority

Kyrgyzstan: 90% Muslim, 7% Christian

Myanmar: 87.9% Buddhist, 6.2% Christian

Nigeria: 53.5% Muslim, 45.9% Christian

Sudan: Large majority Muslim

Tanzania: 61.4% Christian, 35.2% Muslim

Data from CIA World Factbook

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.

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.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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