The Trump administration is eyeing seven countries, Belarus included, for new immigration restrictions to the United States, Politico with reference to administration officials reports.
President Donald Trump may expand his travel ban three years after its original order. An official announcement is expected as early as Monday, 27 January.
The list of countries is not yet final and could be changed, the website notes. Nations being considered for new rules include Belarus, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. According to Politico, a draft would not necessarily completely ban all citizens of those seven nations from entering the country. The ban could apply only to certain government officials or certain types of visas.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump confirmed that he is planning to add more nations to the travel ban, but declined to list them. The U.S. president signed the original travel ban on Jan. 27, 2017. The order initially denied visas to citizens of Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq. In March 2017, the order was modified as Iraq had been removed from this list.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry didn’t receive any notification from the U.S. side about the decision to add Belarus to the list of countries whose citizens will be restricted from entering the U.S. Andrei Shuplyak, the deputy head of the Foreign Ministry’s information department, told TUT.BY. The U.S. Embassy in Minsk also declined to comment on the American news reports.