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Pakistan could be put on Trump's ban list: White House

Pakistan could be put on Trump's ban list: White House
January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON (92 News) – White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has on Sunday said that there is a possibility in the future of including Pakistan in the list of countries from where immigration has been banned. Talking to media in Washington, he said that the reason they chose those seven countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia was, those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country. “You can point to other countries that have similar problems like Pakistan and others – perhaps we need to take it further,” he said. “But for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries.” This is for the first time that the Trump Administration has publicly acknowledged about considering putting Pakistan into that list. Trump's executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. In television interviews explaining the ban, Trump said travelers from Muslim-majority countries left out of the ban -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia -- will face what he called "extreme vetting," while dismissing concerns that his actions will inflame tensions in the Muslim world.