Third time’s the charm? On Sept. 24, President Donald Trump announced new restrictions on visitors to the U.S. from certain countries to replace the controversial travel ban issued earlier in the year. It’s the administration’s third attempt to implement such a ban. Previous efforts have been met with legal challenges and protests.
Under the updated ban, certain individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela will be barred entry to the United States. The restrictions vary by country. While entry for anyone from North Korea or Syria is suspended, the Venezuelan ban applies only to certain government officials and their families. Exceptions to the ban may be granted to people from countries on the list who plan to study here, have family in the country, or have other connections to the U.S. Sudan, which was included in earlier bans, was removed in the latest order.
The Supreme Court ruled Dec. 4 to allow the ban to take effect despite pushback, especially from communities with large populations of immigrants from the banned countries. Here are the 10 U.S. towns with the largest population of immigrants from travel ban countries, according to the Brookings Institution. The No. 1 city on the list has more than 150,000 immigrants from banned countries.
Editor’s note: Iraqi and Sudanese immigrants have been subtracted from the Brookings Institutions original totals, as they are no longer covered by the travel ban. Data on the number of immigrants from Libya, North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela was not available.