President Donald Trump says plans are underway to extend travel ban on more foreign nationals in Africa countries including Nigeria.
The current ban – signed by president Donald Trump had two years ago – closed US borders to citizens from seven countries, mostly with Muslim majorities like Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.
US media quoted president Trump had confirmed that more countries will be added to the list including Europe, Africa and ASIA
“You see what’s going on in the world, our country has to be safe,” he told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.
He gave no further details on which countries would be targeted or how many, but said that the information would be released “very shortly”.
The expanded list, may include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Different versions of this list have been considered among the administration for weeks, US media said.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement that the administration had no new planned announcements related to the ban, which he described as “profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world”.
“Common sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures,” Mr Gidley says. “Because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
Critics of the ban have noted that major attacks such as the 9/11 New York attacks, the Boston marathon bombing and the Orlando nightclub attack were carried out by people from countries not on the list or by US-born attackers.
And unlike the initial list, the possible additions include countries with a strong relationship to the US. Nigeria, for example, is a counter-terrorism partner for the US.