WASHINGTON – The United States government is said to be considering expanding a travel ban amid a renewed focus on immigration policies by President Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid.
A document outlining the plans has been circulating the White House, but the countries that would be affected are blacked out, according to staff who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The expanded ban could cover several countries that were included when Trump announced the first iteration of the ban by executive order in January 2017. They include
five majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as Venezuela and North Korea.
The latest travel ban expansion is believed to add seven countries – a majority of them Muslim nations – to the list, reported the Associated Press.
During his 2016 Presidential campaign, Mr Trump had floated banning all Muslims from entering the country.