United States lifts travel ban on Chad citizens

United States lifts travel ban on Chad citizens

- The Trump administration announced that Chad has been removed from its travel ban list

- The central African nation was added to the list because it ran out of passport paper which prevented it from supplying the homeland security department with samples

- The ban still encompasses two Muslim-majority African countries namely Libya and Somalia along with Iran, Syria and Yemen

US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation announcing Chad has been removed from the administration’s travel ban list, Times reports.

The White House on Tuesday, April 10, said that citizens of Chad would be able to receive visas to the United States again.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary said President Trump had signed a proclamation announcing Chad had “improved its identity-management and information sharing practices” enough to be taken off the list.

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Last September, Chad was put on the list because of an office supply glitch that prevented it from supplying homeland security officials with recent samples of its passports.

U.S. officials also added that the African nation was unable to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information with who screen foreigners seeking to enter the country.

The State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, said the travel restrictions placed on Chad will be terminated Friday, adding that the “improved practices” by Chad “demonstrate a clear off-ramp for countries placed on the travel restriction list. These improvements will improve security for the people of Chad and the United States.”

Chadian leaders criticised the U.S. for putting it on a list that includes North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.

Chad has been a key U.S. counterterrorism partner in the fight against threats to Africa’s Sahel region posed by al-Qaida affiliates like Boko Haram and the newly designated West Africa wing of the Islamic State group.

The State Department and the Pentagon had pushed for Chad’s removal from the list, noting the strategic U.S. interest in maintaining close ties with the counterterrorism partner.

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According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the United States government under the administration of Donald Trump on Monday, January 29, announced it was lifting the ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

Applicants from the 11 countries which were unnamed but believed to be Muslim-dominated nations and North Korea will now be allowed to enter the US but under a strict immigration scrutiny.

Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, said: “It’s critically important that we know who is entering the United States.

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