The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on four countries that it says have refused to accept their deported citizens as part of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the four countries – Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone – are facing the sanctions for “lack of cooperation” in accepting the deported citizens. Cambodia is in Southeast Asia while the three other countries are in Africa.
The plan to sanction the four countries had been circulating since last month, though the extent of the sanctions and the timeframe for enacting them remained unknown. At the time, officials hinted that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not ban all visas issued to the four countries, but instead target just government officials and their families.
But Wednesday’s DHS announcement revealed the sanctions to be more far-reaching than previously expected.
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