Tag: immigration issues

Stanton Shares Somali Refugee’s Story In Supporting ‘No Ban Act’

Arbitrarily keeping families separated “does not make our country safer,” says U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona.

By Laura Gómez Arizona Mirror

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Donald Trump US visa travel ban repeal bill advances

By: Daniel Waldron and Sanwar Ali Edited by: Sanwar Ali

The US House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to proceed with a bill that would if enacted repeal Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim majority countries.  It would also prevent future bans based on religion.

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The Nigerian Immigration Ban And Its Potential Impact On Houston Employers

Christopher Bacon

President Trump’s recent decision to add Nigeria to the restricted travel list not only surprised the Nigerian government, but also many Houston businesses that provide services for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

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Green cards are only available to immigrants who fall under one of these categories

BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH 

Green cards allow immigrants to live and work in the United States, legally and permanently, before they can seek American citizenship through naturalization.

To apply for permanent lawful U.S. residence, non-citizens must qualify under one of eight categories. Each category has different eligibility requirements that applicants must meet when they submit their petitions.

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While the U.S. blocks immigration visas, Canada is building strong a strong Nigerian community

Nigerians were the fourth most represented nationality among new permanent residents in 2019 in Canada

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Trump’s latest “visa ban” poses a threat—and an opportunity—to Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

Yomi Kazeem
Quartz

As part of new visa restrictions by the Trump administration, the US will no longer issue immigrant visas to Nigerian applicants.

While Nigeria is not the only country affected by the “ban” (Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar will also face similar restrictions while Tanzania and Sudan have been excluded from the United States’ popular visa lottery scheme), it is, by far, the most high profile country affected by what the Trump administration describes as a penalty for unsatisfactory security and information sharing standards.

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Trump scapegoats almost a quarter of Africa’s population

By Ishaan Tharoor  The Washington Post

It says a lot about this fraught moment in U.S. politics that President Trump’s move to slap immigration restrictions on almost a quarter of Africa’s population transpired with little more than a murmur in Washington. But amid the final throes of the Senate impeachment trial and the chaos of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, the White House reinforced its virtual border wall Friday when it added six countries to the administration’s list of nations subject to either sweeping travel bans or strict immigration limits.

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The Racism at the Heart of Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’

Adding Nigeria to the expanded list of excluded countries just makes it more obvious.

By Jamelle Bouie. Opinion Columnist New York Times

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Nigeria ‘Blindsided’ by Trump Travel Ban, Its Top Diplomat Says

By Lara Jakes

WASHINGTON — Nigeria’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that he was “somewhat blindsided” by the Trump administration’s ban on Nigerian immigrants but that he had been assured by American officials that visa restrictions could soon be lifted.

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s foreign minister, said that his government was already working to address security concerns that Trump administration officials said had prompted the decision, announced last week, to reject visas for Nigerians seeking to immigrate to the United States.

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U.S. Could Actually Use More Nigerian Immigrants

A new ban from the White House hits one of the most successfully integrated groups in the country.

By Justin Fox Bloomberg

(Bloomberg Opinion) — This column will not render a verdict on whether the White House decision last week to suspend immigration from Nigeria — the world’s seventh most-populous nation — and five other countries was mainly an expression of bigotry from an administration led by a man who once likened African nations to latrines, or if it was a legitimate reaction to security concerns. It will, however, tell you some things you might not know about Nigerian immigrants in the U.S.

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TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN ON NIGERIA IS A CHEAP AND CYNICAL PLOY THAT WILL HURT BOTH COUNTRIES

SAM HILL

President Trump announced an extension of the controversial “travel ban” to six additional countries, including Nigeria. It isn’t really a ban on travel but rather a tightening of admissions for immigrants. The stated rationale is national security. It’s a flimsy excuse and a dumb idea.

There’s scant evidence Nigeria poses a security risk to the U.S. “This is a big mistake. Why would Nigeria be on the list? It doesn’t have a history of terrorism against the U.S.

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Fast facts about Nigeria and its immigrants as U.S. travel ban expands

BY JOHN GRAMLICH

President Donald Trump has added Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, to a list of countries whose residents face restrictions on travel into the United States. With the new policy set to take effect on Feb. 22, here are some fast facts about Nigeria and its immigrants in the U.S., based on previously published Pew Research Center studies.

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As economic growth languishes, state of Maine banks on immigrants

In northern New England, an aging population has hamstrung growth, but immigration could provide heft for the workforce.

By Alfonso Serrano


Born in Somalia, Abdullahi Ali grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in Maine in the United States on a brisk day 10 years ago this month.

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Liberians allege racial animus behind Trump’s decision not to extend protection from deportation

By Brad Petrishen

The former top lawyer for the city of Philadelphia, with more than 70 Liberians sitting behind him Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester, argued that racial animus was behind President Donald J. Trump’s decision to not extend a program that has allowed Liberian refugees to stay in America for decades.

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African migrants stuck in southern Mexico, their American dream on hold

By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL 

“Africa weeps. Free us.”

That’s the message handwritten in French and Spanish on a protest bannerat a tent city here in the southernmost tip of Mexico.

The tents belong to some 250 African nationals who crossed jungles, forded rivers, sneaked across borders and dodged militias and thieves to get here in hopes of eventually reaching the United States. But now they are stuck, because Mexico has denied them the travel visas necessary to proceed north.

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