Published on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
US Travel Association reacts to new Trump travel ban
The new scaled down travel ban signed by President Trump will ensure 'there should be no surprises' this time round.
Dubbed 'Muslim Ban 2.0' by critics, it has spared citizens of Iraq this time and everyone who already has a valid visa, even nationals of blacklisted countries Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
This executive order comes into effect in 10 days.
The US Travel Association has welcomed the revisions but says it still does not address the likely damage to the economy a perceived Muslim travel ban will cause.
"Cabinet officials were on the right track with public statements welcoming lawful visa holders into the US. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the administration fully seized the opportunity to differentiate between the potential security risks targeted by the order and the legitimate business and leisure visitors from abroad who support 15.1 million American jobs, said US Travel CEO Roger Dow.
"Clearly this revised order is very encouraging news if you're looking to come to the US from Iraq. The question remains whether the revised order did enough to mollify the prospective traveler from Canada, Europe, or elsewhere around the world who may have been put off by the initial travel ban."
Dow called on the Administration to 'adjust their approach to address economic objectives' and for security reviews to be concluded as soon as possible.
"This Executive Order ensures that we have a functional immigration system that safeguards our national security," a Homeland Security statement said.
The 10 day grace period before it kicks in will unlikely stop more legal challenges with rights groups vowing to fight it in the courts.
"The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrant Rights Project.
"The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban," Jadwat said.