The Trump administration announced new restrictions on visitors from eight countries — an expansion of the preexisting travel ban that has spurred fierce legal debates over security, immigration and discrimination. Chad, North Korea and Venezuela were added to the expiring and now reinvoked list.
In announcing the new rules, officials said they are meant to be both tough and targeted. The move comes on the day the key portion of President Trump’s travel ban, one which bars the issuance of visas to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries, was due to expire.
Trump’s original travel ban, signed as an executive order in the first days of his presidency, was always meant to be a temporary measure while his administration crafted more permanent rules. A senior administration official cautioned the new restrictions are not meant to last forever, but are “necessary and conditions-based, not time-based.’’
I believe adding non Muslim countries is more about Trump’s attempt to be seen to NOT be discriminating based on religion – by seemingly steering away from his unconstitutional motivation, through adding non Muslim countries. No we are not fooled! Its still Muslim ban! It is a smokescreen. He cannot escape his campaign rhetoric which so clearly reveals his motivation. This is still an anti-Muslim ban,
SCOTUS is currently ruling on the earlier ban – which this one seeks to extend.