The travel ban on citizens of Chad will be lifted after President Donald J. Trump moved on Tuesday to take it off the banned list.
According to a report from The Hill, the White House cited improvements in Chad’s identity-management and information sharing practices.
Trump said Chad seemed eager to meet the heightened security standards set by the U.S. in order to be removed from the banned list.
The president reportedly said: “Specifically, Chad has improved its identity-management practices by taking concrete action to enhance travel document security for its nationals, including taking steps to issue more secure passports and sharing updated passport exemplars to help detect fraud. The Government of Chad also improved handling of lost and stolen passports, the sharing of which helps the United States and other nations prevent the fraudulent use of such documents.”
Trump also said Libya is striving toward better cooperation as well.
From The Hill: Chad was among eight countries whose nationals were barred entry to the U.S. under the most recent iteration of Trump’s controversial travel ban. The ban also targeted Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.
The travel ban only allowed for narrow exemptions and waivers.
The Hill continues: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders touted the decision to once again issue visas to Chadian nationals as a sign that the president’s travel ban had effectively encouraged the country to strengthen security protocols.
Sanders said: “By lifting travel restrictions on nationals of Chad, the United States is demonstrating that the criteria set forth in Proclamation 9645 can and do work to enhance the security of the United States.”
BNO: President Trump modifies travel ban to lift entry restrictions for Chad, saying they have sufficiently improved their practices to meet U.S. security standards pic.twitter.com/9PATxCWbSe
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