It’s not just Muslims now.
North Korea became the first non-majority Muslim country to make President Trump’s infamous travel ban.
Trump signed off Sunday on new restrictions on travelers from three countries not initially part of his contentious Muslim travel ban.
In addition to travelers from North Korea and Chad, senior government officials and their families in Venezuela are barred from obtaining non-immigrant visas. The rules take effect on Oct. 18.
Trump announced the new ban to replace one slated to expire after 90 days on Sunday. That policy barred travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria and Yemen who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
The latest restrictions lift the travel ban on Sudan.
Protesters gather at JFK Airport after Muslim travel ban
By including North Korea, the President continues his feud with the isolated country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, after an exchange of insults over his growing nuclear weapons program.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a UN speech Saturday that a missile strike on U.S. soil is “inevitable” because of Trump’s constant ridicule.
By including the Asian and South American nations, the Trump administration could block legal challenges from advocacy groups and others who condemned the policy as a Muslim ban.
Trump’s first proclamation in January fired off waves of protests at international airports and federal lawsuits disputing the ban’s legality.
For the latest revision, Homeland Security officials spent months evaluating 200 nations identified several with a “significant terrorist presence within their territory.” The eight nations listed in Sunday’s announcement apparently refused or were unable to comply with benchmarks demanded by the U.S.
Trump’s first travel ban sparked days of protests at international airports for targeting predominantly Muslim nations.
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Trump’s proclamation specifically calls out North Korea for outright defiance.
“North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements,” the document states, adding that no immigrant and nonimmigrant visas would be issued.
The North, which is already facing the strictest of sanctions for testing world leaders with missile tests, had not responded to its inclusion in the travel ban as of early Monday. Most, if not all, of North Koreans in the U.S. are living in NYC at their diplomatic mission to the United Nations.
Homeland Security’s Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement that Trump’s policy will allow the federal agency to “better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, took to Twitter to denounce Trump’s mandate, which claims his country “regularly fails to cooperate with the United States.”
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Saturday that Trump would be blamed for any loss of life during the escalating North Korea-U.S. dispute.
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“Trump’s fake empathy for Iranians rings even more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens,” Zarif wrote.
The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter blasted Trump’s new policy as another brick in the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”
“This ugly agenda is nothing new,” wrote Afaf Nasha, listing off a decades-long rap sheet of Trump’s penchant for targeting minorities.
“This is a man who was sued for refusing to rent to African-Americans, who called for the death penalty for five African-American and Hispanic young people falsely accused of rape, who was once quoted as objecting to having African-Americans ‘counting my money,’ who retweeted racist and anti-Semitic material, who called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ who called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists,’ and who said a judge’s Mexican heritage made him unfit to preside over a case.”