News: New US visa restrictions to affect wildlife and timber traffickers


The Unites States Government has announced new visa restrictions to curb wildlife and timber traffickers.

According to, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who disclosed this on Tuesday described the ban as “first-of-its-kind”.

A State Department’s statement said it would affect wildlife and timber traffickers.

It noted that wildlife and timber trafficking are serious transnational organized crime activities that threaten national security, undermine economic prosperity, fuel corruption, and spread disease.

The new visa restriction, which relies on section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, is now in effect. U.S. added that implementation of the new tool was in furtherance of its leadership in strengthening law enforcement, countering corruption, combating organized crime, and protecting our precious natural world

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