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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

The expanded ban could include several countries that were included in the initial ban but later removed from the list.
Credit: AP
President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, as Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence, and others look on. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus by President Donald Trump on immigration issues. 

That's according to a half-dozen people familiar with the deliberations. Two of the people said a document circulating in the White House outlines the plans, but the countries that would be affected were blacked out. 

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the measure has yet to be finalized. 

The expanded ban could include several countries that were initially included in the initial ban but later removed from the list. 

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