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Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations in election-year push

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 3:13 PM
In this September 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration.

Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to come to the United States.

But it is not a total travel ban, unlike President Donald Trump’s earlier effort that generated outrage around the world for unfairly targeting Muslims.

Trump was expected to sign a proclamation on the restrictions as early as Friday.

The announcement comes as President Donald Trump tries to promote his administration’s crackdown on immigration, highlighting a signature issue that motivated his supporters in 2016 and hoping it has the same effect this November.

The administration recently announced a crackdown on birth tourism and is noting the sharp decline in crossings at the US-Mexico border and citing progress on building the border wall.

Immigrant visas were restricted for Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, and are given to people seeking to live in the US permanently.

They include visas for people sponsored by family members or employers as well as the diversity visa programme that made up to 55,000 visas available in the most recent lottery.

In December, for example, 40,666 immigrant visas were granted worldwide.

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