In January of 2017, President Donald Trump made an executive order for a travel ban that focused primarily on Muslim countries. Coming up on its third anniversary, the White House might dramatically expand this travel ban. As Trump’s presidential campaign was strongly based on his anti immigration values, this doesn’t come as a shock to many. There is no definitive number of countries that will be in this new travel ban but it’s been rumored that Iran, Libya, and Somalia and even countries such as Venezuela & North Korea will be included as well. Venezuela and North Korea both are countries the U.S. has had extra tensions with since President Trump came into office.
White House Spokesman Hogan Gidley praised the travel ban for making the country safer. In his statement, he commends the travel ban “in protecting our Country and raising the security baseline around the world,”. On the other side of the spectrum, U.S. Senior Advocate Yael Schacher calls attention to the unjust aspects of the ban saying “the news that President Trump is planning to add countries to the travel ban should be heartbreaking to all Americans.” He continues to talk about the lives lost and families separated because of this ban. Rep. Pramila Jayapal speaks on the matter saying “different Muslim Ban, same xenophobic administration.”
“An expanded Muslim Ban will worsen our relationships with countries around the world. It won’t do anything to make our country safer. It will harm refugees, alienate our allies and give extremists propaganda for recruitment.”
-Rep. Pramila Jayapal, WA
This news has been met with a lot of opposition. A coalition of leading civil rights organizations have been urging House leaders to take up the No Ban Act, which is legislation to end Trump’s travel ban and prevent another one from being presented.