Trump travel ban, more than 30,000 people Abt has blocked from entering US, State official says

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More than 30,000 people are denied entry in the United States as a result of President Trump, the travel ban, according to a State Department official who testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Edward Ramotowski, deputy assistant secretary for Visa services Bureau of Consular Affairs, told the House Judiciary Committee, “there are approximately 31,334 cancel up to Sept. 14, 2019,” The hill reported.


The three-hour hearing entitled “oversight of the Trump government to the Muslim prohibition of” gave democratic lawmakers to criticize the possibility that the travel restrictions currently in place on people from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and North Korea, as well as officials from Venezuela.

All of these countries holding a Muslim majority, with the exception of Venezuela and North Korea. The Trump administration denies that the ban targets Muslims, in spite of the President promising during the 2016 election, he would adopt a “total and complete shutdown of the Muslims in the United States,” according to The hill.

Ramotowski, said that some of the visa applicants from restricted countries reported may be eligible for a state Department waiver or of the Department, exceptions to the prohibition CNN. In response to a question from ABG. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Ramotowski, said, “more than 7,600 derogations have been granted.” He said that over 72,000 people from restricted countries for Visa in total since the ban was first put in place, and around 15,000 applications are still being processed.

During the hearing, Jayapal cited data released by the State Department in February, showed that between Dec. 8, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018, only about 5 percent of the visa applicants from a limited number of Nations were granted an exception. Another 29 percent remained in limbo during the security process.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to deny anyone who is a Muslim, even against Ramotowski and suggested that officials received pressure from the White house waiver requests. Sub-Committee Chairman, Rep Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the waiver said to be a process, “something of a Farce,” and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, appears to have described it as “phony.”

Ramotowski denied Omar’s allegations and said that while the ban opponent “basically, it is designed to try to make the United States safe.”


The travel ban faced a number of legal challenges, the Supreme Court in compliance with the latest and third version in June 2018 decision. Iraq, Chad and the Sudan had been on restricted lists, but were removed. Democrats have tried to repeal the ban, and led the “No Ban Act”, to both chambers of Congress in April, CNN reported. The measure is not expected to make it past the GOP-controlled Senate.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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