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Swiss foreign minister slams new US immigration controls

National News // Jan. 30, 2017

The Swiss foreign minister, Didier Burkhalter, says the new immigration restrictions put in place by President Trump are ‘discriminatory and against basic human rights’.

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers Swiss foreign minister slams new US immigration controls

He says the Swiss government is talking to US authorities to try to get clarification on Swiss dual nationals who may also hold a passport from one of the countries covered by the travel ban.

The new presidential order bans nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Trump says the move is to protect the United States.

Switzerland, as the depository country for the Geneva Conventions, also has to speak up for any potential violations. Burkhalter says the conventions obligate countries to provide sanctuary for those fleeing war.

UK passport holders have already secured an exemption from the US authorities. British nationals who may also hold a passport from a banned country can travel to the US. 

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