New US travel ban list may include Nigeria


US President Donald Trump is planning to add Nigeria and six other countries to the travel ban list, according to media reports.

According to Wall Street Journal reports, the four African countries affected are thought to be Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea.

Trump, in an interview with Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, confirmed that he was considering adding some countries to the travel ban list but declined to name them.

The ban will not be a blanket one for all the listed countries but will be on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas.

The Trump administration plans to roll out its expanded travel restrictions on Monday, marking the three-year anniversary of the initial travel ban Trump signed on his seventh day in office, sparking controversy at the beginning of his term.

Washington has said its policy restricting travel is necessary to prevent potential acts of terrorism, as countries on the list don’t adequately vet their travellers to the US.

In September 2017, President Trump issued a travel ban prohibiting most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen and North Korea from entering America.

The ban was challenged in court but a Supreme Court ruling in June 2018 upheld it on the grounds that federal law gives the president broad authority to suspend entry to the US.

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