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Congressman Thompson speaks on lack of preparation for travel ban

Photo courtesy of Congressman Bennie Thompson

The latest travel ban temporarily barring some citizens of six majority-Muslim countries from coming into the United States went into effect Thursday morning, according to Fox News.

The new rules stop people from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran and Libya from getting a visa to the U.S. unless they have a certifiable relationship with a close relative, school or business in the U.S.

Those relationships include fiance,  parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling of someone in the United States currently.

Congressman Bennie Thompson spoke against the new travel ban taking place, saying there wasn’t adequate preparation:

“…Administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect, why the ban would apply to certain family members, including grandparents, or whether they will share implementation guidance.  This apparent lack of preparation and transparency does not inspire confidence that the Administration has learned its lesson after the chaos the first travel ban created at airports around the world in January. It is imperative that the Trump Administration avoid repeating past mistakes by immediately providing clear guidance to DHS and State Department personnel, travel industry partners, and the public.”

Related: POTUS signs new travel ban, Congressman Thompson reacts

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