President Donald Trump announced on Sunday new travel restrictions on foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
According to the official statement, these eight countries have all been deemed to have "inadequate" identity-management protocols.
"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night.
In a statement, the White House called the new restrictions a "critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans' safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime."
"We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country," President Trump said in the White House statement. "My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation."
The new restrictions will go into effect Oct. 18. Officials say the new restrictions are intended to enhance vetting capabilities and processes for travelers coming to the United States.
The announcement comes as President Trump's existing travel ban was set to expire on Sunday. The original version of the travel ban, blocked citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Syria — to enter the United States.
Last week, President Trump called for a "tougher" travel ban after a bomb exploded on a London subway.
"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he tweeted.
The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
A senior administration official said on Sunday that the restrictions were not based on race or religion, according to CBS News.
"The restrictions either previously or now were never, ever ever based on race, religion or creed,'' one senior administration official said. "Those governments are simply not compliant with our basic security requirements."