Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Department of State has provided statistical information related to visa applications made by nationals of the eight countries currently or previously subject to the visa restrictions in the third version of the "travel ban" applicable to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii rejected various challenges to the travel ban.
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) commented on the data, which spans from December 2017 to March 2019,. It showed that approximately 5.1 percent of sthe applicants having been granted waivers and issued a visa. “The Trump Travel Ban was bad on day one and is only getting worse. This data makes it abundantly clear that the waiver process is a sham and that the ban has nothing to do with national security,” said Senator Van Hollen. “We must overturn this bigoted policy – every day that it remains plays into the hands of our enemies.” Senator Van Hollen has consistently been an opponent of the travel ban.