(AP) The state’s new travel restrictions have already drawn international criticism, but it’s unclear whether Kentucky will follow through on its promise to ban visitors from the U, Canada and Mexico, which could further isolate the state’s economy.
A group of about 70 Kentucky lawmakers has been pushing for a ban since the U-shaped border was built to protect Kentucky’s agricultural and timber industries.
They say Kentucky has failed to protect itself from the “frightening, and dangerous, impact” of a global influx of refugees and migrants.
Kentucky’s legislature is scheduled to take up the measure next week.
The state’s Republican Gov.
Matt Bevin says he’ll sign the bill if it passes.
Kentuckians can still get visas for U.N. travelers and people from Canada, Mexico and Australia who are already in Kentucky.