U.S. Senator Rand Paul proposes to temporarily suspend visas for nationals of Tajikistan

19/01/2016 13:04
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, January 19, 2016, Asia-Plus – Russian newspaper Izevestiya reported on Tuesday that amendment from Senator Rand Paul to designate 33 countries as “high risk” has been submitted for consideration to the U.S. Congress.

The amendment reportedly provides for temporarily suspending the visas of those seeking to enter the U.S. from those 33 “high risk” countries.

The 33 countries include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and the Palestinian Territories …

Meanwhile, some U.S. media sources reported that the Senate last month by a landslide rejected the amendment from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would have designated the mentioned countries as “high risk” and placed moratoriums on refugee resettlement and visa issuance to nationals from those countries until the Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Director of National Intelligence and certify new processes to identify security risks.

“My bill would place a pause on issuing Visas to countries that are at a high risk for exporting terrorists to us.  My bill would also say to Visa waiver countries that in order to come and visit, you would have to go through Global Entry, which would require a background check,” Senator Paul was quoted as saying.

Randal Howard “Rand” Paul (born January 7, 1963) is the junior United States Senator from Kentucky.  Paul is an American politician and physician.  He has served in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party representing Kentucky since 2011.  Paul is the son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas.

The 2016 presidential campaign of Rand Paul was announced on April 7, 2015 at an event at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.  Paul's candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016 has been widely speculated since early 2013. 

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