In the third Supreme Court-approved travel ban during his presidency, President Donald Trump said he’s cracking down on terrorism by restricting travel from six Muslim majority countries. This most recent ban, however, includes North Korea, an atheist state, and Venezuela, a Catholic state.
The ban on these two countries is likely not about religion. North Korea’s ban, which bars the whole country, is more likely due to rising tensions with the U.S, and the Venezuelan ban only restricts government officials and their families from traveling to the U.S. because, as the Presidential Proclamation says, “its government is uncooperative.”
BYU student Ellie Ross grew up in Venezuela.
“It’s hard to see such a beautiful country with such (a) beautiful culture be put in such a difficult situation because of the leaders,” she said.
Ross said her mom is living under dictatorship.
“She goes to the store and she just has to buy whatever she finds there because the army is the one that has control over the grocery store,” Ross said.
In theory, the people of Venezuela can travel to the U.S. under this travel ban, but Ross said the Venezuelan government controls who comes in and who goes out.
“It is sad because I feel like I want to be able to help and it’s out of my hands,” Ross said.
Many people think North Korea and Venezuela were included in the travel ban so the Supreme Court would not see it as a ban on certain religion.
“It’s really sad that they feel we could be a danger,” Ross said.
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