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Trump Travel Ban Expires Sunday        09/24 12:44

   President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to 
the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries 
expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is expected to announce new 
restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six 
Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect.

   The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president sign off 
on new, more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says 
refuse to share information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary security 
precautions.

   Officials haven't said which --- or how many --- countries will be affected 
by the new restrictions, which could take effect as soon as Sunday.

   "The acting secretary has recommended actions that are tough and that are 
tailored, including restrictions and enhanced screening for certain countries," 
said Miles Taylor, counselor to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke.

   The current ban bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and 
Yemen who lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or 
entity in the United States" from entering the U.S.

   Unlike Trump's first travel ban, which sparked chaos at airports across the 
country and a flurry of legal challenges, officials said they have been working 
for months on the new rules, in collaboration with various agencies and in 
conversation with foreign governments.

   The recommendations are based on a new baseline developed by DHS that 
includes factors such as whether countries issue electronic passports with 
biometric information and share information about travelers' terror-related and 
criminal histories. The U.S. then shared those benchmarks with every country in 
the world and gave them 50 days to comply.

   The citizens of countries that refused could now face travel restrictions 
and more stringent screening measures that would last indefinitely, until their 
governments complied.

   Trump last week called for a "tougher" travel ban after a bomb partially 
exploded on a London subway.

   "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and 
more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he tweeted.

   Critics have accused Trump of overstepping his authority and violating the 
U.S. Constitution's protections against religious bias. Trump had called for a 
"total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" during his 
campaign.


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