Critics describe the plan as an extension of the administration’s so-called 2019 “Muslim Ban” that includes Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen — but also Venezuela and North Korea.
Trump administration officials are discussing adding more countries to the travel ban list, two sources tell CNN, potentially expanding the controversial ban that has been criticized as discriminating against Muslims.
In 2o19, the State Department imported exactly 1,378 refugees from Chad, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen — six of the eight countries on Trump’s travel ban list, which also includes North Korea and Libya.
Almost half of those refugees, roughly 631, arrived in the U.S. from Syria — 115 of which were resettled in California, while 51 were resettled in Illinois, 49 were resettled in Michigan, and 41 were resettled in Texas.
A bulk of these Iraqi refugees resettled in California, Texas, Michigan, and Illinois.