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Chad removed from Trump travel ban list

TRAVEL BAN: A statement from the White House announced Chad's removal from the list yesterday

CHAD HAS become the first African country to be taken off the US travel ban list, the White House announced yesterday.

The controversial travel ban had restricted citizens from Chad from entering the US.

The motivation behind removing Chad from the list was outlined in a statement from the White House.

“The Republic of Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States. Chad nationals will therefore again be able to receive visas for travel to the United States,” the statement read.

The ban on Chad nationals obtaining visas required for visiting the US operated for around six months.

Seven other countries – Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea – remain on the list and citizens travelling to the US from these countries continue to face restrictions.

The White House said: “These travel restrictions help prevent potential terrorists and criminals from reaching our shores and encourage foreign governments to live up to their obligations to enhance security and share essential information with the United States.”

The ban has caused outrage since its introduction because many believed it targeted Muslims and contravened the US constitution and US laws.

Critics mounted legal action across the US to challenge Trump’s first two travel bans. The US supreme court are expected to rule on the legality of the current iteration of the ban in June.

Officials from Chad had said they were being unfairly targeted by the restrictions.

Chérif Mahamat Zene, Chad’s foreign minister, said in a tweet: “Chad is pleased to be removed from the list of countries whose nationals are banned from entering the United States, and hopes to further strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between the two countries.”

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