Trump travel ban ex­pires; new re­stric­tions ex­pected

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ex­pected to an­nounce new re­stric­tions on travel to the United States af­ter his ban on vis­i­tors from six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries ex­pired Sun­day, 90 days af­ter it went into ef­fect.

The Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity has rec­om­mended the pres­i­dent sign off on new, more tar­geted re­stric­tions on for­eign na­tion­als from coun­tries it says refuse to share in­for­ma­tion with the U.S. or haven’t taken nec­es­sary se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions.

Of­fi­cials haven’t said which — or how many — coun­tries will be af­fected by the new re­stric­tions, which could take ef­fect soon.

“The act­ing sec­re­tary has re­com- mended ac­tions that are tough and that are tai­lored, in­clud­ing re­stric­tions and en­hanced screen­ing for cer­tain coun­tries,” said Miles Tay­lor, coun­selor to act­ing Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Elaine Duke.

The ban barred cit­i­zens of Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men who lack a “cred­i­ble claim of a bona fide re­la­tion­ship with a per­son or en­tity in the United States” from en­ter­ing the U.S.

Un­like Trump’s first travel ban, which sparked chaos at air­ports across the coun­try and a flurry of le­gal chal­lenges, of­fi­cials said they have been work­ing for months on the new rules, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with var­i­ous agen­cies and in con­ver­sa­tion with for­eign gov­ern­ments.

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, shown speak­ing at a cam­paign rally for Sen. Luther Strange in Huntsville, Ala., is ex­pected to an­nounce new re­stric­tions on travel to the U.S.

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