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The U.S Government has announced a visa ban for specific targets.

Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of the United States, disclosed this on Tuesday.

Pompeo described the United States ban as “first-of-its-kind”.

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

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

The new visa ban, which relies on section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, is now in effect.

The United States said it would help disrupt the business of transnational criminal organizations and its movements, making it harder for them to smuggle illegal wildlife and timber.

“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 implementation of the new tools was in furtherance of its leadership in strengthening law enforcement, combating organized crime, countering corruption and protecting our precious natural world, United States added.

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