Malaysia not on Trump’s travel ban list

 |Feb 1, 2017
Filepic Wikimedia Commons.
Filepic Wikimedia Commons.

The United States (US) Embassy here said Malaysia is not on the list of countries affected by the Executive Order on immigration signed by President Donald Trump last week.

The Executive Order banned citizens from Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia from entering the United States for the next 90 days.

News about Malaysia having been added on Trump’s list came following an article written by an online portal here, citing tweets from a reporter in the US on a Malaysian having been detained at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York.

In a reply to Malaysia Outlook, a US Embassy spokesperson said they have seen the report but cannot verify the story.

“We reiterate that the Executive Order stands as it was issued last week.

“Malaysia is not on the list of countries affected by the Executive Order. Malaysians can continue to travel to the US with a valid visa,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that the US Government is committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors while ensuring the security of its borders.

“This suspension provided for in the Executive Order will allow the US Government to review current screening procedures while protecting national security.”

Earlier, Jack Smith, a reporter with .Mic, a portal based in the US, posted on his Twitter account @JackSmithIV that a Malaysian was among 71 detained from 20 countries, citing updates from lawyers at JFK.

Those detained, apart from the 7 countries, Smith said, were from Turkey, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, France, Algeria, Jordan, China, Qatar, Senegal, Switzerland, Algeria, Egypt and Guinea.

Smith later provided an update, saying that those detained from countries other than the 7, were not countries where people were being banned from.

“These are people traveling from these countries who were detained ie: travelers from these countries were swept up in detainment with the 7 ban countries,” Smith wrote.

Meanwhile, the news article by the portal here has since been removed.

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