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U.S. lifts travel ban on Chad residents: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump lifted a U.S. travel ban on residents from Chad on Tuesday after a six-month U.S. authorities overview discovered enhancements within the African nation’s safety requirements, the White House mentioned.

The Trump administration added Chad to a revamped travel ban record in September after it mentioned the Chadian authorities had did not ship proof it had taken ample safety measures to forestall terrorists from touring to the United States.

With Chad taken off the record, seven nations — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela — are nonetheless topic to the travel restrictions.

In a proclamation lifting the ban on Chad, Trump mentioned the opposite seven nations “did not make notable or sufficient improvements in their identity-management and information-sharing practices” and would stay on the record.

Trump’s critics have mentioned his travel ban unfairly singled out Muslims, and violated U.S. regulation and the Constitution.

Courts struck down the primary two variations of Trump’s travel ban, and the present one is narrower in scope than its predecessors. The U.S. Supreme Court will think about its legality this spring, and a choice is predicted in June.

Trump mentioned within the proclamation that Chad had taken steps to make its passports safer and had improved the sharing of knowledge with the United States on recognized or suspected terrorists.

Chad has been an ally of the United States in combating jihadist teams — some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State — within the Sahel.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Peter Cooney

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