President Trump signed his infamous travel ban over five months ago and a revised version is set to go into effect on Thursday, June 29. People from a slew of Muslim countries are impacted by the ban. Wondering who exactly is blocked from entering the United States? Here's the official list of countries included in Trump's new travel ban.
As it now stands, the ban will affect those traveling from the following countries: Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia; Travelers from those countries will be stuck with a 90-day visa suspension. According to The Guardian, a previous version of Trump's ban included Iraqi nationals in the list of those blocked, but the country was removed from the list at the request of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who worried that including Iraq in the ban might interfere with coordinated attempts to defeat ISIS.
The Supreme Court has specified that the ban only applies to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," according to The Guardian. This phrasing is likely to undergo much debate in the months following the ban's reinstatement.
Those excluded from the ban include individuals with "close family" residing in the United States, professional or educational justifications for travel, or those with dual nationality from a non-restricted country, but only if they're traveling with a passport from the non-restricted country. Some additional visa categories are also exempt from the suspension, including diplomats and members of the United Nations.
The executive order for the ban also specifies a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned.
The revised travel ban will not apply to people from affected countries who have already obtained a visa to enter the United States. This is likely a response to public cries of outrage during the original ban, which did not allow such passengers to enter the country, leaving them stuck in airports all around the world.
Visiting tourists coming from the six countries without family connections in the United States are those most likely to be impacted by the ban. Refugees looking to escape violence in their home countries, especially Syria, will also be majorly impacted.
It is unclear how many people who were affected by the original travel ban will be impacted by the revised version. The Guardian reported that, in the 2015 fiscal year, roughly 60,000 people from countries included in the ban were given non-immigrant visas. About half of those visas went to individuals from Iran. It should be noted, however, that these projected numbers included people with exempt visas and familial relationships in the United States.
As the ban goes into effect, it is likely to meet opposition from a number of groups and individuals. The ACLU and the New York Immigration Coalition have already spoken out about their concerns. In the meantime, those who have yet to obtain a visa, without work or school obligations, special clearance, or "bona fide" family ties in the United States are left in limbo.