However, noted the White House statement, the travel restrictions are not necessarily permanent and a nation can get off the list by making necessary changes to eliminate the administration's security concerns: "These limitations and restrictions are conditional, and these countries can, under this Executive action, improve their information-sharing practices and receive relief from the limitations and restrictions". "We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet", Mr Trump said.
It said the eight countries failed to comply with a new US government baseline created to ensure travelers do not pose a national security or public safety threat.
The administration's new directives did not address the ban on refugees from all countries, which is still in effect. The new proclamation also places travel restrictions on certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.
The administration removed travel restrictions on Sudan, which had been covered under the previous ban. The matter will be ultimately decided when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the merits of the executive order in October. The old travel ban barred individuals from the listed countries from entering the USA for 90 days, put a stop for 120 days to the refugee resettlement program while also barring Syrians from entering indefinitely. Trump during his campaign called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".
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Johnathan Smith, legal director of the advocacy group Muslim Advocates, also slammed the measure as the "same Muslim ban" and an attempt "to undermine our Constitution".
A friend of the court brief filed on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in mid-September said the travel ban was "cruel and inhumane treatment" and that "denying refugee children life-saving entry to the United States based on an executive order clearly motivated by anti-religious bias, is both un-Catholic and un-American". The administration, the court said, could not block from entering the country those with a "bona fide" connection to the United States, such as family members or those with firm offers of employment. For example, while Iran remains on the list of countries with travel restrictions, student and exchange visas are an exception.
The restrictions are targeted at countries that the Department of Homeland Security says fail to share sufficient information with the US or haven't taken necessary security precautions.
The new measures are conditional and can be lifted if the targeted countries "work with the United States Government to ensure the safety of Americans", according to the White House.