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On Sunday, September 24th President Donald Trump instituted new travel restrictions on the countries of North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad. This now make a total of eight nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen remaining) that the United States has some sort of trade restriction with. Alongside the new additions to travel restrictions, exemptions—at the moment—appeared to have narrowed.
The given statement by the White House read in-part, “Despite those efforts, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, has determined that a small number of countries — out of nearly 200 evaluated — remain deficient at this time with respect to their identity-management and information-sharing capabilities, protocols, and practices. In some cases, these countries also have a significant terrorist presence within their territory.”
Out of the countries effected by the expansion of travel restrictions, Venezuela and North Korea are the most interesting as both of these nations are failed socialist States. As the supposed purveyor of capitalism of the world, the United States is failing to allow—through legal means—an escape from an ideology that brutally ended the lives of far over 100 million individuals in the 20th century alone. The United States could be a harbor for those fleeing the repressive regimes—such as was the case for those escaping Castro in Cuba. As with free-speech, if America could act as the symbol of freedom for these people, things may begin to change as more and more individuals flee with their families.
On the flip-side, the President’s reasoning is related, primarily, to security concerns. The North Korean and Venezuelan governments have never held positive relations with the United States. This travel restriction comes on the heals of Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations where he stated this about failed socialist endeavors of Venezuela. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.” This, alongside the President’s call for more to be “done” regarding Venezuela, has shown a pattern of alienation against the country—right or wrong. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has on multiple occasions been called ‘Rocket Man’ by the President. This in response to the seemingly successful launches of ICBM capable missiles and successful nuclear testing. These expanded travel restrictions may be an effort to curtail certain responses by the socialist regimes as rhetoric, sanctions, and missile tests increase.
This all being said, the failure of the socialists regimes is fully apparent. America need not sanction or go to war with these countries for their respective regimes to fall. Socialism can not succeed, no matter how many times their leaders claim nothing is wrong. Time is the killer of these nations, the United States does not need to be directly involved. Show the people of Venezuela and North Korea that there is a better way, and lend assistance when the regimes fall. The path does not need to be violent, and the escalation of sanctions and restrictions against Venezuela and North Korea do nothing but hurt those in said countries.