Is Trump’s US Visa Ban Going to Include Pakistan Soon?

After banning asylum seekers from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering USA, it seems President Donald Trump and his team are just getting started.

There are worrying signs that Trump’s initial #MuslimBan may be expanded to other countries. White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. responded to CBS News during an interview, saying:

You can point to other countries that have similar problems like Pakistan and others – perhaps we need to take it further. For now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries.

List of Entry Banned Countries

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday to immediately halt the entry of people coming from:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • and Yemen

The entry ban is to be effective for at least 90 days although we can’t say for sure if it will last longer than that. The ban was enacted immediately causing confusion and problems among travelers coming from the aforementioned 7 countries.

Defending his position, Trump administration’s Chief of Staff said,

This was a promise that President Trump had made and it’s a promise that he’s going to keep. And he’s not willing to be wrong on this subject — we need to do our best to be vigilant and protect Americans.

Green Card Holders Will Also Be Detained

There’s another side to this ban as well. Valid green card holders (some of them having full citizenships) will also be detained if they belong from one of the seven banned countries. Priebus added that Customs and Border Patrol always had wide discretion when asking questions about the people coming to the United States.

There are reports Green Card Holders are being asked to share their social media history and personal opinions about the Muslim Ban policy.

“Not a Muslim Ban”

When asked whether this was the Muslim ban Trump had mentioned during his presidential campaign, Prebius said,

This is not a Muslim ban. All this is identifying the seven countries — and the reason we chose those seven countries is 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.

In other words, even if Pakistan is not going to face a ban, Pakistanis traveling to USA will face ‘extreme vetting’ by the authorities. This may be subject to change in the future however, and there’s no telling if it will be for the worse or better.

It should also be mentioned that a US court has suspended Trump’s immigration ban for now.

Update: US has announced that Green Card Holders will be exempted from travel ban.

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  • Coincidentally if I may say that out of these 7 Muslim countries, 5 most definitely are today in chaos because of US planned invasion and to put these countries in complete chaos as mentioned by General Wesley Clark in his own words which he came to know on 20th Sep 2001 in a Pentagon Memo which also included Iran as the final target so not surprised to see Iran on that list.
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    P.S : in case anyone wants to see with his own eyes!
    Wesley Clark is the former NATO allied Supreme Commander and 4 Star US Army General.

  • USA can never do this. They still need us for Afghanistan war. They will not risk their relationship with Pakistan at the time when Pak-China-Russia are going to make a block.

    • Yes i second you….. If it wants to stay super power it has to go with us….. We may be nothing but we are everything in many ways

      • All they need to do is put high import tarrifs on Pakistani goods. No need for sanctions, no need for visa ban. Just make it harder to sell Pakistani textiles in US. Then you’ll see the hurt.

    • Trump is very unpredictable. There is no telling what he will do.

      Assuming that US will never do this is wrong. Back when Pakistan was threatened with stone age bombing in 2001, all our nukes, defence network, etc etc COULD NOT SAVE US. And Trump has made noises about nuking ISIS FYI. His advisors are not rational people, who knows what they might do.

      • Nope dude. I may not have faith on Pakistani leadership. But a stronger Pakistan is need of China and now Russia. USA is a sinking ship and India will never put its both feet on a sinking ship. So USA need us more than we need them.

        • Our trade patterns suggest a possible problem. For example in 2015 over 16% of our trades (exports) went to US. Can you imagine what a drop of 16% will do? That is 1/6th of all our exports. Even if we can find other markets, none will be as lucrative as the US.

            • How can you trade if you can’t go there to exhibit your products? If you can’t meet people in person? Especially when neighbours like India CAN do that?

              Example scenario that I have seen in software outsourcing: companies who can have Pakistani office or presence in US can charge $20 or even $40 MORE per hour rate than companies only in Pakistan. Local developers: $25/hour. Local developers who can visit US, interact with clients, set up bank account or office there: $65+/hour, even has high as $120/hour.

    • @disqus_f4KOfxsOH9:disqus Waise humein har jaga travel karna chahiye, but itna bhi nahi k ap apne country ko bhul jao. Allah har jaga maujood hai, Muslims k liye ye nahi hai k wo sirf Middle East mein rahe(even shias k liye bhi ye nahi k wo sirf Iran aur Azerbaijan mein rahe). Mein childhood mein smjhta tha k sirf Islam is dunya mein hai baqi fake hai. ab mein ne yeh study kia hai aur smjh mein bt a gayi k DUsre religions ko respect dena chahiye. but Pakistanis ye baat deserve nahi krte. Muslim chahe wo kisi bhi country se ho, koi bhi culture, language, colour, background aur koi bhi birth-name ho, wo Muslim hi rehta hai. and language, Arabic language beshak hamari Deeni Language hai, Translation to kisi bhi language mein kar sakte hain hum kisi bhi Qurani Ayah, Hadith ko.

      uper diye gaye 7 countries mein ban hua hai visa but, agar baat aati hai hamare yahan ban lagne ki, humein khud apne logon ko rokna chahiye abroad jane k liye, Labourers, Workers, sab china aor abroad se aa rahe hain aur hum jab job k liye jate hain, to Vacancy ka board hone pr bhi hamara status No Vacancy nikalta hai, Motorcycles dekhlo, Sirf hum china ki le kr chalate hain, in ki bhi kharid-o-farokht band ho jani chahiye. humein khud apne upar control karna chahiye na ke dusron pr chorna chahiye k wo humara aana ban lagae. China beshak hamara dost hai, hum beshak partnerships karte hain, partners is liye nahi hote k sirf un pr chordein k wohi hamara kaam pura kar ke dein, humein bhi haath batana chahiye.

      First Priority meri jati hai hamare Pakistani Contents ko, 2nd number pr Hollywood pr but sab se last mein mein bollywood ko rakhta hun priority k hisaab se.

  • Its their land. We should not worry if they stopped issuing visa’s to Pakistanis. BUT we should ensure to return the favor by doing the same plus reducing US embassy staff and embassy area.

  • Thanks to deoband and wahabi radical Islamist coz of them modren and liberal Muslims are auffering from all overworld, i dont know what make govt to stop to arrest, ludhanvi, farooqi, abdul zaleel burqah ,hafiz saeed etc.

    If usa ban us alot of Pakistani suffer plus overseas american pakistani send billions of remittance home.

  • Trump aur Modi kabhi bhi kisi ki bhi birthday p bina bulaye aa sakte hain. aur waapis ghar ja k hamien gaaliyan de sakte hain.

    • please stop being a sectarian…………….why the hate among us.
      I just said that because of the names he mentioned.

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