Chad added to Trump travel ban after it ran out of passport paper: report

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Chad was reportedly added to President Trump’s travel ban after it ran out of passport paper and was unable to provide the U.S. with the requested documents.

Countries were given 50 days to show they were meeting certain security conditions before Trump’s most recent travel ban, NBC News reported

Those conditions included handing over a sample of passports to be looked at by the Department of Homeland Security.

{mosads}U.S. officials told NBC News that because Chad didn’t have passport paper, it couldn’t provide the necessary documents. Instead, the country said it could give the U.S. a pre-existing sample.

Chad was reportedly told it could be taken off the list once the problems were dealt with.

A Homeland Security spokesman told NBC News that the agency “lacks a recent sample from Chad.” The spokesman said, however, that there were more concerns.

“The restrictions placed on Chad dealt with more than just the receipt of a passport exemplar. Chad does not adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information,” David Lapan said.

The U.S. is “eager to see Chad develop more secure travel documents and make other enhancements,” he added.

Earlier this week, a federal district court in Hawaii temporarily blocked the majority of Trump’s travel ban from taking effect.

Judge Derrick Watson said the third version of Trump’s targeted restrictions on travel from eight countries, issued on Sept. 24, suffers from the same maladies as the previous order.

Trump’s order, which was set to take effect on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., indefinitely banned immigration into the U.S. by nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. 

Watson’s order blocks all the restrictions except with respect to Venezuelan officials or immigrants from North Korea. He noted the state of Hawaii and the Muslim Association of Hawaii, which are challenging the ban, never asked for those provisions to be enjoined.

A day later, a second federal district judge in Maryland put a hold on Trump’s latest travel ban.
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