DONALD TRUMP issued a new travel ban yesterday, imposing an indefinite ban on almost all travel to the United States from seven countries.
It follows the US president’s March executive order, which expired on Sunday, which itself followed a January ban which was largely blocked by the courts.
It covers mostly the same majority-Muslim countries but Venezuela, North Korea and Chad are new to the list. Sudan has been dropped.
From October, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the US. People from Iraq and some Venezuelans will face restrictions or more intensive “security” checks.
The US claims this is for “national security” reasons, for allegedly not co-operating with security checks, or for “harbouring terrorists.”
The restrictions on Venezuela apply only to government and security forces officials.
With visitors from North Korea mostly limited to diplomatic staff, who are exempt, the country’s addition was largely symbolic.
Chad was put on the list for allegedly “not adequately [sharing] public-safety and terrorism-related information” and having several terrorist groups active on its soil.
There was no immediate response from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was on a visit to Cuba bringing a planeload of humanitarian aid in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
But Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted yesterday: “In attacking Venezuela, Trump attacks Latin America and violates the charter” of the the Washington-based Organisation of American States.