United States President Joe Biden on his first day in office end Trump’s controversial travel ban place on non citizens from 13 countries including Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan and others.
Ending the ban was one of Biden’s top campaign promises on immigration policy, and he has now delivered
The Muslim ban,” first went into effect in January 2017 and became one of Trump’s signature immigration policies. It was part of an aggressive push to roll back some of the most controversial actions of his predecessor and chart a new course for the nation.
Joe Biden also issued a proclamation ordering a stop to construction of Trump’s wall along the border with Mexico. It rescinds the national emergency that Trump declared to secure funding for the wall.
President Biden described the policy as discriminatory and an affront to the country’s values.
During Trump’s first week in office in 2017, he implemented the Muslim Ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
In February 2020, Trump later expanded the ban to include additional restrictions on citizens of six more countries: Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
According to New York Times reported, President Biden has now directed the State Department to restart immigration visa processing for individuals from the affected countries and to develop ways to address the harm caused to those who were prevented from coming to the United States because of the ban
The travel ban policy has torn families apart, but it has also contributed to crises including doctor shortages in rural America and a dramatic drop in enrollment among foreign students from affected countries.