The Sahel – The new haven for terrorist activity
The sprawling web of new terrorism across what is called as the Sahel region – from Boko Haram in Nigeria to Al Sahab – Al Qaeda to Islamic State to Nusrat I Jamin – a new frontier has merged. Brutality – rebellion against government and armies – human rights and the new law is becoming widely prevalent. It is no longer the Middle East or North Africa that is the hotspot, it is the Sahel warns US General and Head of Africa Command, Gen Stephen J. Townsend.
Many of these countries that had travel bans to the US under the Trump administration are now open.
New Biden Policy
Instead of a ban, the White House says it will improve the screening of visitors by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments and other measures.
The so-called Muslim ban went through multiple iterations before it was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. The original ban affected refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
But the list of countries changed over the course of a protracted court battle that wound all the way to the Supreme Court. While the high court allowed the order to take effect in December 2017, the legal fight didn’t end until the following June.
By then, the list consisted of five majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – and two that are not: North Korea and Venezuela.
Last January, the Trump administration added six new countries – Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania – to its list of restricted countries.
Within 120 days, Biden said he wanted his secretary of state and Homeland Security director to provide a review of current vetting procedures and information-sharing along with recommendations for revising them.
No step forward, two steps back.
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