Trump’s Muslim ban
In January 2017, seven days after taking office, former President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13769 called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which substantially limited the entry of foreigners from several Muslim countries.
Through this order, the Trump administration paused the USRAP (US Refugee Admission Program) for 120 days, reduced the number of refugees admitted to the country, and banned immigrants from certain countries for 90 days.
In early March 2017, the Trump administration replaced this rule with Executive Order 13780, with the same name, which increased the number of countries with travel restrictions and the requirements to request refuge in the US. These restrictions are commonly known as “Trump’s travel ban or Muslim ban.”
In a period of three years, between 2017 and 2020, former President Trump added more countries to the travel ban list. Other than that, several courts intervened and revoked some of the limitations proposed by his government on Muslim countries and other territories.
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President Biden overturned Trump’s Muslim ban
During his first day in office (January 20, 2021), also known as Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden issued several executive orders and memoranda to remove Trump’s restrictive policies on the immigration system.
One of his first actions was the “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States,” which lifted multiple immigration restrictions implemented by the previous administration, including the Muslim ban. In fact, President Biden permanently revoked Executive Order 13780.
Immigrant families affected by other restrictions still in place
Despite the fact that the Biden administration has fulfilled its immigration promises and has already removed multiple restrictions implemented by the Trump administration on the immigration sector, dozens of families are still in limbo due to other restrictions still in force and the repercussions of previous policies.
According to the testimony of several immigrant families, travel restrictions on grounds of health emergency are still active and have not allowed them to reunite with their families, despite the fact that many of their immigration applications have already been approved.
They state that if it is not the Muslim ban, their family members still face other limitations and restrictions that the Biden government has not revoked.
However, the Biden administration has explained that restructuring the immigration system is not a quick or easy task, and will possibly take longer than immigrant communities expect, especially those directly affected by the previous administration’s restrictions.
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2021 brings great expectations and hope for immigrant communities in the US. By this, we refer not only to the most vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers or refugees, but also to foreigners who want to come to the country to gain work experience through employment-based visas, relatives of American citizens and international students.
Therefore, it is the right time to start your immigration journey in the US. However, it is also extremely important to follow legal guidelines to avoid possible denial of your application. To achieve this goal, it is advisable for you to seek reliable help from experts on immigration matters.
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