Why Did Trump Remove Chad From the Travel Ban List?


The White House says citizens of Chad will be able to receive visas for travel to the United States again because the country has been removed from the administration's travel ban list.

The White House said Chad had increased cooperation with U.S. security bodies and dealt with deficiencies in vetting citizens leaving the country.

One of the major reasons why Chad was blacklisted was a lack of passport paper that prevented it from supplying the Homeland Security Department with a required sample of the document, the Associated Press reported. Presidential Proclamation 9645 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to recommend whether the entry restrictions should be continued, modified, terminated, or supplemented, based on a review that accounts for whether countries have improved their identity-management and information-sharing protocols and procedures.

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Officials had also suggested that Chad had a "significant" terrorist presence and accused the country of inadequate information sharing regarding security issues.

The motivation behind removing Chad from the list was outlined in a statement from the White House.

Chadian Foreign Minister Cherif Mahamat Zene expressed pleasure with the news, tweeting that Chad "hopes to further strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between the 2 countries".

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The central African country's government, which the USA calls a "critical" partner in fighting terrorism, had expressed astonishment in September previous year when the U.S. unexpectedly added it to a list of five other countries under a travel ban.

After a series of court challenges, the Trump administration revised the ban in September, putting all the countries listed under a 180-day review. It now applies to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea.

The move follows an assessment that determined that Chad's travel systems were now improved to meet the security standards of the United States.

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The ban was applied in a limited way to officials from certain Venezuelan government agencies as well. But Donald Trump said the travel ban will remain in place for six other countries that "did not make notable improvements".