In a Proclamation [text] issued late Sunday, US President Donald Trump [official profile] identified eight countries that have failed to cooperate in information sharing activities to the extent the administration deems necessary to protect US security interests. The affected countries are:
- North Korea
Subject to limitations and exceptions also identified in the proclamation, nationals of the eight identified countries are prohibited from entering the US.
It may take a minute to parse the entire order, but a few things are worth noting at the outset:
- This was issued as a presidential proclamation and not an executive order. There will doubtless be discussion of whether there is a difference and, if so, what that difference is.
- The eight countries at issue here are not the same as the seven Muslim-majority countries identified in the president’s earlier executive order limiting immigration. Notably, six of the eight countries identified here are Muslim-majority.
- The proclamation provides, at Section 3, for exceptions for, inter alia dual nationals, those traveling on diplomatic missions, and permanent US residents, thus providing a level of clarity that was missing from the earlier executive action.