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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:27 pm    Post subject: Those Denied U.S. Entry Under Trump Travel Ban Can Reapply Reply with quote

Those Denied U.S. Entry Under Trump Travel Ban Can Reapply

People who were barred from entering the U.S. after President Donald Trump’s first travel ban took effect in January can now re-apply for visas, CNN reports. The decision comes as part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by two Iraqi citizens, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, both of whom were denied entry and sent home despite having valid visas. The government reportedly plans to send letters to all those who were denied entry in the chaotic first hours after the ban took effect Jan. 27, when about 2,000 people were detained at airports and about 140 sent back to their home countries, according to the ACLU. Citing the settlement, CNN reported that the government will reach out to all those who “were found inadmissible solely as a result of the executive order.” Lee Gelernt, the ACLU’s deputy director for the Immigration Rights Project, hailed the move as evidence the government is finally doing “the right thing” regarding the first travel ban’s implementation. The settlement does not guarantee that applicants will be granted visas if they re-apply.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: Supreme Court Allows Trump to Bar Refugees Reply with quote

Supreme Court Allows Trump to Bar Refugees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed with the Trump administration and issued an order effectively allowing the White House to bar about 24,000 refugees from entering the U.S. The court granted a request to put on hold an earlier federal appeals court ruling that prevented the White House from applying President Trump’s travel order to several thousand refugees who already signed contracts with resettlement agencies. Justice Anthony Kennedy had issued a temporary stay in the case a day earlier, though the one-page order issued Tuesday will block the appeals court’s ruling until further arguments can be made against it. The travel ban, which has sparked several lawsuits, imposed a 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries and a 120-day ban on refugees. The Supreme Court will hear arguments against the ban on Oct. 10.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Travel Ban to Be Replaced by Tailored Restrictions Reply with quote

Trump Travel Ban to Be Replaced by Tailored Restrictions

The president’s travel ban, controversially targeting six majority-Muslim countries, may soon be replaced with tailored restrictions for each specific nation, according to a Friday report in The New York Times. The new restrictions could be in place as soon as Sunday and are meant to prevent security threats from getting into the United States. Those who live in the targeted countries could be prevented from traveling to the U.S. or, at minimum, face greater scrutiny in looking to obtain a visa.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Sessions Warns of ‘Wolves’ Among Unaccompanied Minors Reply with quote

Sessions Warns of ‘Wolves’ Among Unaccompanied Minors

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned law-enforcement agencies that unaccompanied minors trying to get into the U.S. should be seen as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” In a speech to local and national officers in Boston on Thursday afternoon, Sessions said major gangs like MS-13 use an unaccompanied-minors program that has been around since 1980 “as a means by which to recruit new members,” Politico reports. “This is America. We will not allow the likes of MS-13 or any other gang to prey upon our communities, to decapitate individuals with machetes, baseball bats and chains,” Sessions said.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:11 pm    Post subject: North Korea & others added to travel ban Reply with quote

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions
[Associated Press] JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW LEE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citizens of more than half a dozen countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban.

The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some from Venezuela — will go into effect on October 18.

The restrictions range from an indefinite ban on visas for citizens of countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions. A suspension of non-immigrant visas to citizens for Venezuela, for instance, will apply only to certain government officials and their immediate families.

The announcement comes the same day as Trump's temporary ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire 90 days after it went into effect. That ban had barred citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lacked a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" from entering the U.S. Only one of those countries, Sudan, will no longer be subject to travel restrictions.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Trump tweeted late Sunday after the new policy was announced.

Unlike the first iteration of Trump's travel ban, which sparked chaos at airports across the country and a flurry of legal challenges after being hastily written with little input outside the White House, officials stressed they had been working for months on the new rules, in collaboration with various agencies and in conversation with foreign governments.

To limit confusion, valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation. The order also permits, but does not guarantee, case-by-case waivers for citizens of the affected countries who meet certain criteria.

That includes: having previously worked or studied in the U.S.; having previously established "significant contacts" in the U.S.; and having "significant business or professional obligations" in the U.S. Still, officials acknowledged the waiver restrictions were narrower than the exemptions for people with bona fide ties to the United States that the Supreme Court mandated before the expiring order went into effect in late June.

The restrictions are targeted at countries that the Department of Homeland Security says fail to share sufficient information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary security precautions.

DHS has spent recent months working to develop a new security baseline, which includes factors such as whether countries issue electronic passports with biometric information, report lost or stolen passports to INTERPOL, and share information about travelers' terror-related and criminal histories. The U.S. then shared those benchmarks with every country in the world and gave them 50 days to comply.

A total of sixteen countries did not comply with the rules at first, officials said, but half worked with the U.S. to improve their information-sharing and security practices. The remaining eight are now subject to the new restrictions until they make changes to bring them into compliance.

The new rules include the suspension of all immigrant visas for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, and the suspension of non-immigrant visas, such as for business and tourism, to nationals of Chad, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Yemen.

Citizens of Iran will not be eligible for tourism and business visas, but remain eligible for student and cultural exchange visas if they undergo additional scrutiny. Such additional scrutiny will also be required for Somali citizens applying for all non-immigrant visas.

Trump last week called for a "tougher" travel ban after a bomb partially exploded on a London subway.

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he tweeted.

Critics have accused Trump of overstepping his legal authority and violating the U.S. Constitution's protections against religious bias each time he has ordered new travel restrictions.

And the inclusion of Venezuela and North Korea appeared to be an attempt to block challenges from advocacy groups and others who have called the restrictions a ban on Muslims. Trump during his campaign called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

The U.S. had already imposed wide-ranging sanctions on certain high-ranking Venezuelan government officials to protest the government's attempts to consulate power. The new visa sanctions will apply to all officials from five Venezuelan government security agencies and their immediate families.

"The fact that Trump has added North Korea — with few visitors to the U.S. — and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban," said Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been challenging the ban in court. "President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list."

Johnathan Smith, legal director of the advocacy group Muslim Advocates, also slammed the measure as the "same Muslim ban" and an attempt "to undermine our Constitution."

But administration officials argue the measure is necessary to keep Americans safe.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement the president was carrying out his duty to protect the American people. He said the State Department would coordinate with other federal agencies to implement the measures in "an orderly manner" and would "continue to work closely with our allies and partners who share our commitment to national and global security."

The new policy could also complicate the Supreme Court's upcoming review of the order, which is scheduled for argument next month.

The Justice Department has suggested to the Supreme Court that the two sides submit new legal briefs by October 5 — five days before the argument — that address how the new policy will affect the case.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back—and This Time It’s Forever Reply with quote

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back—and This Time It’s Forever
Trump’s original ban was only supposed to block travelers for a few months. This new one has no end date. And it applies to North Korea and Venezuela, as well.
BY Betsy Woodruff

The travel ban is back. It’s permanent. It hits a number of America’s counterterror partners. And its rationale is—at least partially—an official secret.

The White House announced on Sunday evening that President Donald Trump has implemented strict new limitations on which people from a few troubled countries can visit America—including countries that the president himself acknowledges are valuable partners to the U.S. in efforts to combat terrorism.

The United States now has dramatic limitations on which nationals from eight countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen—can travel here. The limits are slightly different for each of those countries, and they’re indefinite; unlike the first travel ban, which was only in place for a few months, this one has no stated end date.

The United States has a significant military presence in some of the banned countries. The U.S. is essentially waging a proxy war in Yemen, it’s at loggerheads with Iran—a tension the president eagerly highlighted in his UN speech last week—and it has Special Operations forces on the ground in Somalia, Syria, and Libya. During the Obama administration, the U.S. also had a small military presence in Chad and considered it a hub for military activities in Africa.

Despite the assistance these countries’ governments have provided to the U.S.—and despite the presence of American troops on their soil—they are singled out under the ban.

The proclamation specifically says the U.S. government “looks forward to expanding” its cooperation with Chad, Libya, and Yemen. It’s pretty safe to guess that the new travel ban won’t make those countries any more eager to expand their partnerships with the American government.

The new rules are slightly different for each country.


The proclamation lays out a host of exceptions and waiver qualifications, including for people who work with the United States government, for diplomats, and for people who have “significant contacts with the United States.” A few North Koreans come to the U.S. every year for UN purposes, and they presumably won’t be impacted by the ban.

Trita Parsi—who heads the National Iranian American Council, which backs warmer relations between Washington and Tehran—told The Daily Beast the travel ban undercuts Trump’s comments to the United Nations last week. The president and the State Department frequently say that the United States’ criticism is with the Iranian government, and not its people. But this ban, with its carve-out for diplomats, is decidedly focused on the people of Iran. Parsi said that will be clear to Iranians.

“You cannot assume them to be so stupid that they will not understand,” he said.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:47 pm    Post subject: New rules for travellers Reply with quote

Interview, questionnaire, another of those stupidities that the Yankees like so much! Next year, the new security measure will be: Be at the airport 24 hours before your flight...

Still new security measures from TSA against Europe. When will we give the same treatment to Americans travellers going to Europe?

Beginning today, passengers booked on U.S.-bound international flights with at least four different airlines will be required to complete a short, verbal security interview before they board, sources told ABC News.

Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates and Cathay Pacific confirmed that they will begin interviewing passengers on select flights today, with additional routes and other carriers expected to follow suit shortly.

The interviews will be conducted during document check, check-in or at the gate, the airlines told ABC.

The new procedures come as part of an initiative announced in June by then–Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to "raise the global baseline of aviation security."

Rather than specifically mandating passenger interviews, the Department of Homeland Security and TSA instructed airlines to submit plans that would meet the enhanced passenger screening requirements initiated by Kelly.

Like the electronics screening requirement, the enhanced passenger screening requirements affect 280 airports in 105 countries running about 2,000 flights, with about 325,000 passengers per day.

Though many airlines opted to do interviews, some may meet the requirements in other ways.

The Kelly initiative came amid a "web of threats to commercial aviation" as terrorists try to smuggle explosives onto jets inside laptops or other electronics, according to the DHS.

"We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat," Kelly said told reporters in June. "Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed."

"Security adjustments rooted in legitimate concerns are a fact of life for travelers," U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella said in a statement today, adding that all changes in security posture should be "clearly communicated," "continually reassessed" and "tailored to specific vulnerabilities."

"Legitimate business and leisure travelers are as welcome as ever in the United States," he said.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:52 pm    Post subject: New rules for travellers Reply with quote

Soon we won't be able to travel at all!! Evil or Very Mad

And coming back, all that to-do with fingerprints to be taken several times, as if our prints changed between the time we get into the control area and the time we exit it!

Murat and I, to boot, have problems almost every time because, for different reasons, our prints can't always be "read" by the computer! Last time I came back into the US, they kept me for over 15 minutes in the control room while they contacted the FBI or whatever about my prints. Pale sigh Mad
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: New rules for travellers Reply with quote

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Murat and I, to boot, have problems almost every time because, for different reasons, our prints can't always be "read" by the computer!

That's why they consider us Aliens as our fingerprints do not register well …
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:07 am    Post subject: Go anywhere but the US! Reply with quote

This travel crap also applies to the rest of the world and many Aussies have been saying now they will not bother with travel or holidays to the US and will go to Canada instead as well as going just about everywhere else in the world. I can understand why most people will not bother to go now with all this hassle and people said they won’t bother while Trump et al are in power. The US loss is everywhere else’s gain it seems...
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