The United States Government has announced a new visa ban for specific targets particularly on timber and wildlife traffickers.
The new visa restriction, which relies on section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, is now in effect.
In a statement, The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who disclosed this on Tuesday described the ban as “first-of-its-kind”.
The statement reads: “America will help disrupt the movements and business of transnational criminal organizations, making it harder for them to smuggle illegal wildlife and timber”.
“The Department of State would also impose restrictions on the immediate family of traffickers who are believed to be complicit or involved in wildlife and timber trafficking”, the statement read.
Accordimg to Pompeo, the wildlife and timber trafficking are serious transnational organized crime activities that threaten national security, undermine economic prosperity, fuel corruption, and spread diseases.