In a proclamation made on Wednesday president Biden has reopened the United States to immigrants seeking green cards, overturning a ban on legal immigration that Trump imposed last spring, in the name of protecting American jobs during the pandemic. Rehnuma reports.
Mr. Biden said that the ban did “not advance the interests of the United States,” but only prevented families from reuniting in the United States and harmed US businesses.
Biden’s moves are the latest example of his efforts to amend Trump’s controversial actions on the nation’s immigration system. Since taking office on January 20, Biden has reversed several of Trump’s anti-immigration policies put in place over the past four years. Last year in April, amidst of the coronavirus mayhem, Trump imposed a “halt” in the issuance of green cards — one of the main ways that foreigners can be granted permission to live and work in the US.
Biden’s declaration came few days after thousands of visa lottery winners who were at the risk of having their visas expire won a court order that put their visas on hold by the judge in the case. Now they will be permitted to use their visas to enter America with no problem.
Other actions revoked by the American president include cutting funding from cities Trump had determined as “lawless” and “anarchist jurisdictions”, and mandating that federal buildings should be designed in a classical aesthetic. Besides these, Biden rescinded a 2018 order that called for agency heads across the government to review welfare programs – such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing.
Biden has also proposed further legislation that would not let presidential authority to impose future bans against immigrants.