President Trump signed an executive order halting those from seven countries that the Obama administration named “countries of concern” from entering the United States. There may be more countries placed on the list as more information is gathered by the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Department of Defense.
Kyle Blaine and Julia Horowitz from CNN in a column titled “How the Trump administration chose the 7 countries in the immigration executive order” report:
The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday pointed to the Obama administration’s actions as the basis for their selection of the seven countries. Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.
“There were further travel restrictions already in place from those seven countries,” Spicer said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“What the president did was take the first step through this executive order of ensuring that we’re looking at the entire system of who’s coming in, refugees that are coming in, people who are coming in from places that have a history or that our intelligence suggests that we need to have further extreme vetting for.”
Six of these countries, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, ban anyone with an Israeli passport, Israeli stamp or Israeli visa from entering.
Countries (in green) that reject passports from Israel (blue). Countries that reject not only Israeli passports but also any passport which contain Israeli stamps or visas are in dark green.
Sixteen countries forbid admission to Israeli passport holders:
1 – Except for Iraqi Kurdistan.
2 – Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
3 – Accepted for transit only; not allowed for admission.
RELATED ARTICLE: Smoking Out Islamists via Extreme Vetting – Middle East Quarterly
The U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings:
We issue a Travel Warning when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.
|Warning||January 27, 2017||Libya Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 25, 2017||Turkey Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 23, 2017||Honduras Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 13, 2017||Kenya Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 11, 2017||Somalia Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 7, 2017||The Gambia Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 5, 2017||Bangladesh Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 4, 2017||Republic of South Sudan Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 23, 2016||Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 23, 2016||Egypt Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 23, 2016||Jordan Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 23, 2016||Mali Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 20, 2016||Philippines Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 15, 2016||Venezuela Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 14, 2016||Ukraine Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 13, 2016||Algeria Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 8, 2016||Mexico Travel Warning|
|Warning||December 6, 2016||Ethiopia Travel Warning|
|Alert||November 21, 2016||Europe Travel Alert|
|Alert||November 16, 2016||Haiti Travel Alert|
|Warning||November 15, 2016||Burundi Travel Warning|
|Warning||November 9, 2016||North Korea Travel Warning|
|Warning||November 4, 2016||Haiti Travel Warning|
|Warning||November 4, 2016||Chad Travel Warning|
|Warning||October 19, 2016||Central African Republic Travel Warning|
|Warning||October 11, 2016||Syria Travel Warning|
|Warning||October 7, 2016||Pakistan Travel Warning|
|Warning||October 6, 2016||Yemen Travel Warning|
|Alert||October 6, 2016||South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season – Travel Alert|
|Warning||October 5, 2016||Afghanistan Travel Warning|
|Warning||September 29, 2016||Tunisia Travel Warning|
|Warning||August 26, 2016||Eritrea Travel Warning|
|Warning||August 23, 2016||Israel, The West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning|
|Warning||August 22, 2016||Iran Travel Warning|
|Warning||August 19, 2016||Cameroon Travel Warning|
|Warning||August 3, 2016||Nigeria Travel Warning|
|Warning||July 29, 2016||Lebanon Travel Warning|
|Warning||July 27, 2016||Saudi Arabia Travel Warning|
|Warning||July 6, 2016||Iraq Travel Warning|
|Alert||June 3, 2016||Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2016 Travel Alert|
|Warning||April 5, 2016||Colombia Travel Warning|
|Warning||February 23, 2016||Mauritania Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 21, 2016||Sudan Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 21, 2016||Niger Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 20, 2016||Burkina Faso Travel Warning|
|Warning||January 15, 2016||El Salvador Travel Warning|