The Trump-era measure limiting many visa applicants cited the need to protect jobs in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
US President Joe Biden has revoked a proclamation issued during the Trump administration that barred many foreign workers and green card applicants from entering the United States.
Former President Donald Trump’s order, known as Presidential Proclamation 100014, cited the need to protect American jobs amid high unemployment rates caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In one declaration On Wednesday, the White House announced that Biden had overturned the measure with an executive order, saying Trump’s ban separated families and “did not advance United States interests.”
“On the contrary, it is hurting the United States, including preventing some family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from reuniting with their families here,” the statement said.
A proclamation on the revocation of proclamation 10014 https://t.co/M3WCMXa9oz
– Executive orders (@Biden_ExecOrder) February 24, 2021
Human rights activists have called on the Biden administration to reverse the measure, which was due to expire on March 31.
“I am delighted that Biden has rescinded this proclamation,” Curtis Morrison, a New York-based immigration lawyer, told Al Jazeera.
“But I’m also worried,” Morrison said, explaining that the United States is currently facing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of visa applicants.
“This backlog can take [Biden’s] whole first term to clear, unless he’s ambitious to do something about this problem.
Since taking office on January 20, Biden has rescinded several of Trump’s anti-immigration policies, including the so-called Muslim ban and a policy that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their US asylum claims are processed.
But his efforts – including a bill unveiled this month that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented migrants living in the United States – are expected to meet stiff resistance from Republicans in the process. Congress.