Trump travel ban expires; new restrictions expected
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.
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.