Chad Removed from US Travel Ban List

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African nation of Chad being taken off US travel ban list

"Chad nationals will therefore again be able to receive visas for travel to the United States", the statement read.

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

DHS said that the new security standards that President Donald Trump have enacted have forced foreign governments to boost cooperation, including "improving sharing of data on terrorists and criminals, making travel documents more secure, and taking steps to crack down on identity fraud".

CHAD HAS become the first African country to be taken off the U.S. travel ban list, the White House announced yesterday. Presidential Proclamation 9645 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to recommend whether the entry restrictions should be continued, modified, terminated, or supplemented, based on a review that accounts for whether countries have improved their identity-management and information-sharing protocols and procedures.

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The Department of Homeland Security has maintained that the ban focused on getting countries to improve information on their citizens and cooperation on travel databases, to meet USA security standards. "001-Complaint.pdf">26-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward Foundation allege the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Information Quality Act in reporting that three out of four individuals convicted of global terrorism and terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, were foreign-born.

The central African country's government, which the United States calls a "critical" partner in fighting terrorism, had expressed astonishment in September a year ago when the USA unexpectedly added it to a list of five other countries under a travel ban. Unlike the seven others that were blacklisted-Iran, Lybia, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela-Chad has a long history of cooperation with the USA on counterterrorism issues. The decision to remove Chad from a ban was made nearly exactly a month after the former Secretary of State visited the country.

Courts struck down the first two versions of Trump's travel ban, and the current one is narrower in scope than its predecessors.

The ban was applied in a limited way to officials from certain Venezuelan government agencies as well.

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