US lifts Chad travel ban


President Donald Trump lifted a US travel ban on Chad citizens after a six-month US government review found improvements in the African country’s security standards, the White House said.

The Trump administration added Chad to a revamped travel ban list in September after it said the Chadian government failed to provide proof it had taken adequate security measures to prevent terrorists from travelling to the United States.

With Chad taken off the list, seven countries — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela — are still subject to travel restrictions.

In a proclamation lifting the Chad ban, Trump said the other countries “did not make notable or sufficient improvements in their identity management and information-sharing practices” and would remain on the list.

Trump critics said his travel ban unfairly singled out Muslims, and violated US law and the Constitution.

Courts struck down the first two versions of Trump’s travel ban and the current one is narrower in scope than its predecessors. The US Supreme Court will consider its legality this spring and a decision is expected in June.

Trump said in the proclamation Chad had taken steps to make its passports more secure and improved sharing information with the United States on known or suspected terrorists.

Chad has been an ally of the United States in fighting jihadist groups — some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State — in the Sahel.