The US will impose strict new travel restrictions on the country’s citizens, as the Trump administration works to ensure the safety of its citizens.
The US Travel Ban Executive Order is expected to be announced this afternoon.
President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to reinstate the travel ban that was imposed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, in February 2017, but the order has been blocked by the courts, which ruled the ban unconstitutional.
Trump will announce the measures in a ceremony at the White House.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said the new measures will be implemented by the end of the year.
“This will be the first time in the history of our country that the president will have the authority to impose restrictions on American citizens,” Sanders told reporters at a press briefing.
“It is our hope that it will help us keep Americans safe.”
Trump has said he is not seeking to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries and that he wants to ensure that Americans have the “safety and security” of the country they live in.
In a press conference at the Pentagon this morning, Sanders said the White the US will continue to have an open and welcoming society.
“We are not trying to impose a blanket ban on all religions,” she said.
Sanders said Trump will announce a number of measures to “ensure that the US is not being used as a tool to target our allies and allies around the world.”
The Trump administration said in January it would issue new restrictions on travel to seven countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
On Friday, a US appeals court in New York ruled against an earlier temporary restraining order that blocked the travel restrictions.
A judge in New Orleans ruled that the order was unlawful, saying it was not a religious test.