President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a Trump-era executive order that temporarily banned some immigrant visas during the coronavirus pandemic
The move opens up legal avenues to migrate to the US that former President Donald Trump had closed off, arguing at the time that it was in the best interest of the economy in the early months of the pandemic.
Biden charged in a proclamation Wednesday that Trump’s order “does not advance the interests of the United States. To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here.”
“It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world,” the President continued. “And it harms individuals who were selected to receive the opportunity to apply for, and those who have likewise received, immigrant visas through the Fiscal Year 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery.
“Diversity visas are awarded by random selection in select countries to promote immigration from places that don’t otherwise send many immigrants to the US.
The proclamation marks just the latest effort from the Biden administration to dismantle the hardline immigration policies championed by the Trump administration. Over the course of Trump’s presidency, the administration overhauled the US immigration system, gutting asylum and reducing the number of refugee admissions to historic lows and severely curtailing legal immigration.
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