North Korea earns a spot on US travel ban

The United States has expanded its controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad.

The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments.

Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation late on Sunday.

"Making America safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Mr Trump said.

The restrictions on Venezuelans apply only to government officials and their family members.

The three new countries join five others from Mr Trump's original travel ban: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. But the new proclamation removed restrictions that were placed on Sudan.
Lifting the travel ban on Sudan may raise some questions.  It has a despotic Islamist leader and yesterday a legal Sudanese immigrant was accused of opening fire on worshippers at a Chruch of Christ in Tennessee killing one and wounding several others.  Authorities have not given the religious affiliation of the alleged shooter, but I would be surprised if he were not a Muslim.  The alleged shooter has been in the US for several years and is reported to have attended services at the church a couple of years ago.

I see nothing controversial about limiting travel of North Koreans.  They are an enemy country whose leaders have expressed ill will toward the US and its citizens.


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