United States to refuse visa applications from 4 countries in deportation crackdown

US issues visa restrictions for Guinea, Eritrea, over deportations

US issues visa restrictions for Guinea, Eritrea, over deportations

The United States announced today, Tuesday, that it will halt issuing certain visas to Guinean officials and Eritrean nationals as of Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

In a series of diplomatic cables obtained by Reuters, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined new visa restrictions on Eritrea, Cambodia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

In a series of cables sent to USA consular officers around the world and obtained by Reuters, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne Tillerson'Game of Thrones' polling company takes on White House shakeups We should worry more about Pakistan than North Korea White House: Trump calling Mexican president over quake MORE said that the visa restrictions would be lifted when the countries accept their nationals under removal orders in the U.S. The measures have only been imposed twice before, against Guyana and Gambia. The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea said in a release that they will stop issuing business and tourism visas to Eritrean nationals, with "limited exceptions".

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The East African nation is a major source of migrants who say they are fleeing a system of forced military conscription that repeatedly has been criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups.

Cambodia and Sierra Leone are expected to be affected by visa restrictions, although there is no statement on the embassy's sites tonight.

In Guinea, the visa sanctions specifically target government officials and their immediate family members. Only foreign Ministry employees at or above the rank of director general and their families will be refused visas, according to one of the cables. The West African nation is now recovering from recent mudslides in the capital that killed several hundred people. That temporary protection status expired in May of this year.

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US officials first discussed the visa restrictions last month. At the time, DHS officials confirmed that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke had signed letters identifying four countries as deserving of punishment for refusing to cooperate on deportations.

As of July, the 12 nations still on the list were China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Iran, Cambodia, Burma, Morocco, Hong Kong, South Sudan, Guinea and Eritrea.

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