Donald Trump could be expanding on his controversial travel ban as early as Monday, which is also the three-year-anniversary of his first ban. That original ban targeted Muslim nations.
Reportedly, Trump has not finalized the countries to be included in the new ban, but those being considered include Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
If Trump goes forward with the ban it would place restrictions on the seven countries, but it may not ban all of the countries citizens from traveling to the U.S. The Trump administration may go with bans on government officials and individuals with certain types of visas.
There is no doubt that the bans will greatly strain U.S. ties with the affected countries.
On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was working on adding new countries to the ban, but he did not specify which countries.
“The travel ban has been profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said. “While there are no new announcements at this time, common sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
Some of the countries being considered for the new ban have strong relationships with the U.S. Nigeria is a partner of the U.S. when it comes to counter-terrorism. The U.S. has a large Nigerian diaspora community.
“For a small number of countries that lack either the will or the capability to adhere to these criteria, travel restrictions may become necessary to mitigate threats,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stated earlier this week.