Did a selfie accidentally reveal the administration’s plan to halt all visas?

PEOPLE tend to disagree on which adjective best describes Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s strategy chief, but most agree that he is canny. So in reporting that on May 2nd, a rabbi tweeted a selfie with Mr Bannon posing in front of a whiteboard in his office, and thus “inadvertently” revealed a list of possible policies, it feels appropriate to use quotation marks.  

The picture, uploaded to social media by Shmuley Boteach, who likes to describe himself as “the most famous rabbi in America”, seemingly runs through policies for changing travel to America, among other things. Some of these plans—dutifully ticked on the list—have already been attempted. These include the suspension of a programme to admit Syrian refugees. But the pledge (as yet unticked) that is of most concern to a travel blog was “Sunset our visa laws so that Congress is forced to revise and revisit them.”

The idea seems to be to cause chaos. Taken to its extreme, suspending visa laws would, as the Skift website points out, mean that foreign workers would not be able to renew visas…Continue reading

from Business and finance http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/05/trump-s-travel-bannon?fsrc=rss

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