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US President Biden revokes Trump ban on green cards

By on February 25, 2021 0 267 Views

United States (US) President Biden reopened the country on Wednesday to people seeking green cards, ending a ban on legal immigration that President Donald Trump imposed last spring, citing what he said was the need to protect American jobs during the pandemic.

In a proclamation, Biden said that the ban did “not advance the interests of the United States,” challenging Trump’s claims that the way to protect the American economy during the health crisis was to shut the country off from the rest of the world.

“To the contrary,” President Biden said of his predecessor’s immigration ban, “it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here. It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world.”

Foreigners trying to move to the United States can seek to become “lawful permanent residents” — otherwise known as receiving a green card — which allows them to live in the country and eventually seek citizenship.

The president’s action was the latest example of his efforts to roll back ex-President Trump’s assault on the nation’s immigration system.

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Since taking office, President Biden has issued several executive orders and directives aimed at lifting restrictions on immigrants put in place over the past four years.

In April, as the coronavirus crisis worsened, Trump ordered a “pause” in the issuance of green cards, one of the primary ways that foreigners can receive permission to live and work in the United States.

At the time, Trump described his action as a way to protect Americans, millions of whom lost their jobs as the threat of the coronavirus shut down the economy.

Critics of Trump accused him of using the pandemic as an excuse to further advance his agenda of severely restricting immigration. And many scholars noted that studies had repeatedly cast doubt on the idea that immigration was a direct threat to American jobs because many immigrants take jobs that Americans do not want.

President Biden echoed that sentiment. In his proclamation, he wrote that he found “that the unrestricted entry into the United States” of people seeking green cards was “not detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

Foreigners trying to move to the United States can seek to become “lawful permanent residents” — otherwise known as receiving a green card — which allows them to live in the country and eventually seek citizenship.

President Biden has vowed to return the United States’ immigration policies to what they were before Mr. Trump became president. He has increased the number of refugees that can be resettled in the country, and he has taken steps to process claims of asylum seekers waiting in squalid camps at the Mexico border.

But Mr. Biden has also proposed a more far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, fulfilling a campaign promise he made to send legislation to Congress on the first day of his presidency.

In his legislation, the president would provide an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The legislation has been proposed in the House and Senate by Biden’s Democratic allies, but it is unclear whether it can earn enough Republican support to pass the Senate.

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