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Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban Targets Kyrgyzstan

Saturday 1 February 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump issued an expanded version of his travel ban on Friday that targets prospective immigrants from Kyrgyzstan and five other countries. This move is a blow to bilateral relations, the foreign ministry of Kyrgyzstan said on Saturday.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during a call with reporters that the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards, which necessitated the new restrictions. The problems Wolf cited ranged from sub-par passport technology to a failure to sufficiently exchange information on terrorism suspects and criminals.

The United States will suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria, a presidential proclamation said. Temporary visas for tourists, businesspeople, students and workers from those nations will not be affected, it said.

Belarus, which had been under consideration for inclusion, took steps to remedy deficiencies in recent months and will not face visa restrictions, Wolf said.

The U.S. government also will stop issuing “diversity visas” to nationals of Sudan and Tanzania, the proclamation said. The visas, which Trump has criticized, are available by lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of immigration.


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