President Trump's new travel order restricts travel from 8 countries

Critics are calling it a new version of Trump's "Muslim ban."
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President Donald Trump has signed a new order that restricts most travel to the U.S. from several countries.

The order, which will go into effect on Oct. 18, expands the president's controversial travel ban he signed back in March. 

Trump's order impacts people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, with restrictions varying by country. (Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are new to the travel ban list.)

For example, this new order calls for a full travel ban on people from North Korea and Syria, while it suspends nonimmigrant visas to citizens from Venezuela – this affects mainly government officials and their relatives, The Associated Press reports

But unlike the previous two versions of Trump's travel ban, this order doesn't include a predetermined time limit – it blocks travel indefinitely. (Although officials said it's not meant to last forever, the Washington Post reports.) 

For an easy-to-read breakdown of restrictions by country, check out this CNN story.

Restrictions are 'tough and tailored'

The order targets countries the Department of Homeland Security says failed to provide enough information to the U.S. to validate who a traveler is, prevent fraud, and ensure a traveler doesn't represent a threat to public safety or national security, the White House explained in a news release

Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement this order "will protect Americans" and allow the agency to "better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country." 

Duke noted the restrictions are "tough and tailored," while sending a "message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security." 

The White House called this order a "critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans' safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime."

Critics say it's still a 'Muslim ban'

Reaction to Trump's order was again swift, with groups like the ACLU saying it is still a Muslim ban, despite the addition of North Korea and Venezuela to the list of affected countries.

"President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list," ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) also condemned what it calls the president's "latest iteration of the Muslim ban," and encourages anyone who may be affected by the order to reach out for help. 

John Keller, the executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, echoed that when speaking with MPR News, saying the underlying problem on restricting people due to religion still remains a problem.

The ACLU is among the groups challenging the president's previous travel ban in court (the main part of it expired on Sunday), with arguments slated to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 10. 

However, experts say this new order may be harder to fight in court because it comes after a monthslong analysis of foreign vetting procedures, experts told Reuters

For a look at how Trump's previous travel bans affected people coming to Minnesota, click here.

And for more information on the president's order, click here and here.

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