Trump journey ban: Focused countries condemn new US order

Trump journey ban: Focused countries condemn new US order

Countries targeted under a new US travel ban passed by President Donald Trump have attacked the move, along with the United Nations.

On Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations.

The order was presented as a means to strengthen US national security against terror threats.

On Tuesday however, two of the countries, Sudan and Somalia, said the move was unjustified.

The directive, which includes a 120-day ban on all refugees, takes effect on 16 March.

It follows a previous order, which was blocked by a federal court, that sparked confusion at airports and mass protests.

What the order means

  • Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, six of the countries on the original 27 January order, are again subject to a 90-day travel ban
  • Iraq has been taken off the list because its government has boosted visa screening and data sharing, the White House said
  • Refugees already approved by the State Department can enter the US. An indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees is also lifted
  • Green Card holders (legal permanent residents of the US) from the named countries will not be affected
  • Priority is not given to religious minorities, unlike the previous directive

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