Risks to military and civilians have increased in Niger since the Chad military fighters recently left Niger after the republican President Donald j. Trump placed Chad on the US travel ban around September 24, 2017, despite the majority of foreign policy experts advising him not to do this. It turns out that Chadian soldiers were the ones who had kept militant groups like Boko Haram at bay in Niger. In short, any military personnel traveling in Niger will need to be better protected because of this increased risk.
So the question is, why was Chad placed on the US travel ban by the president’s administration? Is there a relatively easy fix? How quickly can Chad be removed from the US travel ban? What are the other issues besides a special-ordered paper shortage where Chad officials could not produce copy-foolproof passports?
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On October 19, 2017, Josh Lederman of the UK. Independent penned the following report, “Donald Trump added Chad to US travel ban because African nation had ‘run out of passport paper’
“Chad and every other country had been given 50 days to prove it was meeting a “baseline” of security conditions the Trump administration says is needed for the US to properly screen potential visitors. One condition was that countries provide a recent sample of its passports so that the Homeland Security Department could analyse how secure they really are. ”
“Lacking the special passport paper, Chad’s government couldn’t comply, but offered to provide a pre-existing sample of the same type of passport, several US officials said. It wasn’t enough to persuade Homeland Security to make an exception to requirements the agency has been applying strictly and literally to countries across the globe, said the officials, who requested anonymity to discuss disagreements within the administration.”