US President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many inexperienced card candidates from coming into the United States.
Former President Donald Trump issued the ban final 12 months, saying it was wanted to guard U.S. staff amid excessive unemployment as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Biden rejected that reasoning in a proclamation on Wednesday rescinding the visa ban. The Democratic president stated it had prevented households from reuniting within the United States and harmed U.S. companies.
Biden, a Democrat, has pledged to reverse lots of Trump’s hardline immigration insurance policies. Immigrant advocates had pressed in latest weeks for him to elevate the visa ban, which was set to run out on March 31.
Biden left in place one other ban on most international short-term staff.
In October, a federal choose in California blocked Trump’s ban on these international visitor staff because it affected a whole lot of hundreds of U.S. companies that fought the coverage in court docket.
Curtis Morrison, a California-based immigration lawyer, who represents folks topic to the ban stated Biden will now must sort out a rising backlog of functions which were held up for months because the pandemic shut down most visa processing by the State Department. The course of might probably take years, he stated.
“It’s a backlog that Trump created,” Morrison stated. “He broke the immigration system.”
The State Department didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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