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United States: President Joe Biden signs order to lift Trump’s Muslim travel ban

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A blow to the actions of his predecessor Donald Trump to limit immigration, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday ended the “travel ban for Muslims”, which blocked travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African country.

Hours after taking office, Biden signed 17 memoranda and executive order proclamations on Wednesday, including ending the travel ban on Muslims.

He called on the State Department to restart visa processing for people from affected countries and develop ways to address the damage to those who have been prevented from coming to the United States due to the ban, reported the New York Times.

Implemented in 2017 during Trump’s first week in office, the Muslim ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The ban has been the subject of several court challenges, but the Supreme Court in 2018 upheld the final version of the measure.

The travel ban for Muslims so far restricts citizens of 12 countries – Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Tanzania and North Korea – and some Venezuelan officials and relatives to obtain a wide range of US visas, NPR reported.

With another executive order, Biden strengthened the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals that protects immigrants brought to the United States as children, often referred to as Dreamers, from deportation.

Another executive order revoked the Trump administration’s plan to exclude non-nationals from the census count, and another overturns a Trump executive order that pushed aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants.

Biden also halted construction of Trump’s border wall with Mexico. The order includes an “immediate termination” of the declaration of national emergency that allowed the Trump administration to redirect billions of dollars to the wall.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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