The newly inaugurated president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on his second day as president has officially lifted the ban that restricted Nigerians from entering the country.
In 2020, Nigeria with the largest population in Africa was enlisted as one of the countries whose citizens under some considerations will be restricted from travelling to the United States of America under Donald Trump’s administration.
The reason behind the decision was made public last year by the White House stating that Nigeria failed in complying with “the established identity-management and information sharing criteria assessed by performance metrics. Nigeria does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, which is necessary for the protection of the national security and public safety of the United States.” Therefore, “The entry into the United States of nationals of Nigeria,” with some exceptions, “is hereby suspended.”
Despite this statement from the White House, not all were in support of the notion. Some of the lawmakers were against the pronouncement. According to Senator Bernie Sanders:
“It is outrageous that Donald Trump continues to push a racist travel policy that dehumanizes immigrants and their families for his own political purposes.”
Also, Senator Elizabeth Warren labelled the measure as a “racist, xenophobic Muslim ban.”
This is not the first time Joe Biden had demonstrated his position against the ban. As the former Vice President, he had boldly kicked against it saying:
“Three years ago he [President Trump] took aim at Muslim-majority nations. This time he targeted primarily African nations—including Nigeria, the largest economy and the most populous nation on the continent…It is a disgrace.”
The current abolition of the ban says a lot about the new Biden-Harris administration which has in no time shows the world that the US border is open for economic and social growth in such a period where established systems have been threatened by the pandemic.
Prior before now, the then administration was prioritizing to build a strong economic ties with Africa to counter Chinese and Russian influence at the same time the ban was implemented. Many obviously considered the approach as a failure to solidify economic relationship with Africa.
With this new development by President Joe Biden, both economies will in some ways be impacted positively, and diasporans can expect visitations from home with a smile on their faces.
By Elijah Christopher,