In an ongoing effort to confront security threats, the Trump administration announced unprecedented domestic measures. The latest proclamation imposes strict travel guidelines on nine states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
After reviewing recent data, the administration concluded each state harbors potentially threatening populations. “A majority of voters in these states allegedly – allegedly! – tried to prevent my historic victory,” President Trump declared. “Which was huge, by the way. Yuge.” The risk these individuals may commit, aid, or support acts to subvert the president’s agenda remains high. In the preceding months, multiple municipalities in the targeted states have insisted on upholding environmental regulations and non-discrimination laws.
This regulation of interstate travel attempts to prevent support for positions contrary to the administration’s goals from spreading. Residents attempting to exit the listed states will undergo extreme vetting to assess possible “un-American” affiliations and may need to demonstrate patriotism. Sources suggest the process could involve mandatory criticism of the musical Hamilton, denunciation of the liberal media, and condemnation of kneeling NFL players.
The District of Columbia, which voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, is notably absent from the list. Sources indicate the administration wanted to avoid restrictions that could potentially negatively affect presidential travel. A Secret Service employee noted that the president is already frustrated with current travel times between the District and Mar-a-Lago.
The Supreme Court is due to review the travel ban in the coming weeks. When asked if their consideration would include the latest expansion, a Court spokesperson sighed deeply. Speaking at a rally, Trump slammed the independent judicial branch for behaving like an independent branch. If threat levels remain high, he also promised to build several walls and make the states pay for them.