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Rights Groups Slam Trump's New Travel Restrictions: 'Still a Muslim Ban'

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By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 10:37 AM

Human rights groups and advocates for refugees say President Donald Trump’s new travel restrictions still take aim at Muslims, according to HuffPost.

A presidential proclamation signed Sunday bars citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea, as well as certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate families.

"This is still a Muslim ban — they simply added three additional countries … Of those countries, Chad is majority Muslim, travel from North Korea is basically already frozen and the restrictions on Venezuela only affect government officials on certain visas. You can’t get any more transparent than that," said Becca Heller, International Refugee Assistance Project director, in HuffPost.

"President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list," said Anthony D. Romero, the American Civil Liberties Union’s executive director, in the HuffPost report.

The National Immigration Law Center slammed the restrictions in a tweet on Sunday:

The new restrictions are set to last indefinitely and some restrictions will be different for certain countries, HuffPost reported. For example, students from Iran can still enter the U.S., but would undergo "enhanced screening and vetting."

Trump’s announcement could stand a better chance of holding up in court, according to legal experts. The greater the sense that the policy reflects a considered, expert judgment, the less the temptation (by courts) to second-guess the executive," said Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law professor.

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