The United States has announced a travel ban on Nigeria and 5 other countries. The other affected countries include Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.
This is coming 3 years after the first travel ban was signed by President Donald Trump in what was one of his first moves as the new President of America.
Just like 3 years ago, this latest extension of the controversial immigration ban has already started generating controversy. While some are saying that it is targeted specifically at African countries, others are of the opinion that the policy is anti-Muslim.
However, a top official of the Trump administration has blamed the affected countries for their predicament. According to him, the action was the “result of these countries’ unwillingness or inability to adhere to certain baseline identity management, information sharing and national security and public safety assessment criteria that were established by the department in 2017.”
The ban will only apply to certain visa categories and focus mainly on individuals who want to relocate permanently to the US rather than those going for a visit.
Trump on his part has started that the ban is borne out of the need to secure the USA stating “We have to be safe. Our country has to be safe”
The countries included in the first travel ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea, and political officials from Venezuela.
This sanction on Nigeria and others takes effect from February 22, 2020.