Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries set to expire on Sunday

Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries set to expire on Sunday

The second version of Trump's ban, excluding Iraq from the list of Muslim countries signed in March faced more than two dozen lawsuits in USA courts, and the 9th Circuit court of Appeals in the state of Washington succeeded in halting the order, arguing it violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination.

The Trump administration will unveil stricter more tailored travel restrictions from select countries, replacing the controversial travel ban just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide its constitutionality.

The new rules would not have a stated end date, with countries facing the potential of being added or removed from the list at any time, according to the Journal, which cited people familiar with the process.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the change. USA officials fear that vetting procedures attending visa issuance in a number of countries with high instances of terror are not sufficiently vigorous. It was not clear which countries would be targeted under the new restrictions.

Critics of the ban say it has less to do with national security and more to do with an intent to harm Muslims, pointing to the campaign statements made by Trump and his allies, as well as statements made after Trump assumed office. The new measures are expected to take effect by then.

There is still significant uncertainty about the fate of refugees under the travel ban.

The Trump administration has said that the intent of the ban is to improve screening and prevent terrorists from entering the country, and to evaluate how well countries are complying with USA vetting procedures.

The changes could affect the Supreme Court case pending on whether the ban passes legal muster. Officially, the White House redid the travel ban after its own review, and Trump tweeted his desire for "tougher" restrictions after the recent London Tube terror attack.

The White House national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, also offered the possibility of a replacement last weekend on ABC's "This Week", saying a new travel ban was "something that we're looking at - how to protect the American people better". "You have Muslim-majority countries that are in civil war, you have Muslim-majority countries that have major terrorism problems ..."

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