President Donald Trump’s new restrictions on travel from certain nations adapt to the latest threats and affect countries without Muslim majorities, but face legal challenges similar to previous ones.
On Sunday, Trump issued a presidential proclamation on what he calls “extreme vetting” that builds on his March 6 executive order that barred immigration from six countries. And late Monday, the Supreme Court canceled arguments based on the older policy.
The new travel ban adds North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad to the list and drops Sudan, for a total of eight affected countries. Remaining under the ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
Here, in three pieces, are some key differences in the new executive action and a look at what’s ahead on extreme vetting.
1. What Happens Next?
Trump’s executive action will last for 180 days. By that point, the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are required to submit a new report suggesting adjustments if necessary.
The previous ban blocked entry from the listed nations into the United States for 90 days and prevented refugees from there for 120 days. Because of court challenges, the 90-day ban resulting from the March order did not go into effect until late June.
The new policy includes requirements on issuing electronic passports, sharing criminal data, reporting lost and stolen passports, and sharing more information on travelers designed to help verify the identities and national security risks of those trying to enter the United States.
Foreign governments will have to cooperate with the U.S. government to identify suspected terrorists and share identity-related information, according to a White House press release.
2. Changes in Policy
The order Trump signed in March suspended entry into the United States by foreign nationals of six countries of concern; the new one increases that number to eight nations.
The order required the…