The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on behalf of the United States Government, has announced a visa restrictions for specific targets.
The ban disclosed on Tuesday was described as “first-of-its-kind.”
A statement by the US State Department said this visa restrictions would affect wildlife and timber traffickers.
The State Department 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 relies on section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is now in effect.
America said it would help disrupt transnational criminal organizations’ movements and businesses, making it harder for them to smuggle illegal wildlife and timber.
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“The Department of State will also impose restrictions on the immediate family of traffickers who are believed to be complicit or involved in wildlife and timber trafficking,” the statement read.
The US added that implementing the new tool was in furtherance of its leadership in strengthening law enforcement, countering corruption, combating organized crime, and protecting our precious natural world.