Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden has reversed a policy by former President Donald Trump that restricted the granting of immigrant visas to Nigerians.
In January 2020, Mr Trump had expanded curbs on immigration to include six more countries, including Nigeria.
At the time, the US Government said the policy was designed to tighten security for countries that don’t comply with the U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration; but the Biden-administration, which campaigned partly on a message of diversity, is seeking to re-open America to the world.
According to Channels TV, a Bloomberg report on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 noted that the reversal is part of a 10-day onslaught of executive actions intended to overturn key policies of Mr Trump without waiting for Congress, on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change and criminal justice.
President Biden has halted the US exit from the World Health Organization, stopped construction of Mr Trump’s cherished wall on the Mexican border, and rescinded a ban on visitors from several Muslim-majority Nations.
The report added that he has also committed the United States to rejoining the Paris climate accord, blocked an oil pipeline project, and froze Arctic drilling in a raft of executive orders signed hours after taking office on Wednesday.