When President Donald Trump issued his executive order on immigration last week, it was the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that dominated headlines—leaving hundreds of people in limbo, provoking airport protests, and raising questions about whether the U.S. was targeting religion in the guise of a new security rule.Fifty million tourists visit the U.S. each year. Apparently Shadow President Bannon wants to choke that down to maybe fifty, by making it as hard to visit the U.S. as it is to visit North Korea (or it was to visit the USSR).
But immigration lawyers who have read the order carefully are now increasingly concerned that one of its provisions could have much wider repercussions, affecting literally every foreign visitor to America, from tourists to diplomats.
The little-noticed section, appearing immediately after the travel ban, calls for the government to develop a “uniform screening standard and procedure” for all individuals seeking to enter the United States. As written, it appears to require all visitors to go through the same vetting measures, regardless of where they come from or how long they intend to stay.
More than 10 million people traveled to the U.S. on a visa in 2015—including immigrants and nonimmigrants—while tens of millions visited the United States without a visa. The section calls for the secretary of state, secretary of homeland security, director of national intelligence and FBI director to develop a “uniform screening standard and procedure” for all of them. That could slow travel to the U.S. to a crawl, upending the tourism industry and creating massive headaches for companies with foreign employees who frequently travel to the U.S. Foreign airline employees would have to go through significant vetting procedures every time they enter here.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Want to Come to the U.S. to Visit Disneyland or Yosemite Park? Want to Go to College Here? Best Apply Two Years in Advance for Your Visa
Apparently the Administration of President* Trump intends to make it almost impossible for tourists, students and otehr people to visit the U.S.