President Donald Trump is again in the headlines for his controversial announcement of the expanded version of the travel ban. As per the new decision, the US will suspend visas for nationals of Eritrea, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Kyrgyzstan. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said - “Non-immigrant visas were not affected for the additional countries. These visas are given to people traveling to the US for a temporary stay, including tourists.” The move attracted criticism from all corners of the political spectrum and called it the policy that discriminates against Muslims and others. Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed the decision in his blog post. Here’s the statement from Joe Biden:
“Donald Trump further diminished the United States in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban, placing new restrictions on the residents of six more nations that limit who is allowed to come to the United States.
Three years ago, he targeted Muslim-majority nations. Now, he is primarily after African nations - including Nigeria, the largest economy and the most populous nation on the continent, and Sudan, a country striving to transition to civilian rule after decades of dictatorship. The “Muslim Ban,” this new ‘African Ban,” Trump’s atrocious asylum and refugee policies - they are all designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States.
It’s that simple. They are racist and xenophobic. And there is no evidence that they do anything to make us safer. If anything, they endanger the best tools we have to fight terrorism - our globe-spanning network of alliances and partnerships. They erode our moral standing in the world and make it less likely that other nations will work with us to take on terrorist threats before they can reach our shores.
Immigrants from each of these countries and their broader diaspora communities here in the United States enrich the larger fabric of American life as our friends and neighbors and make vital contributions to our economy. They make our nation stronger. The United States has a meaningful history of offering safety and opportunity to peoples of every country - no matter where they come from, no matter if they are rich or poor, no matter the faith they follow.
Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to destroy that legacy. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.
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