New Administration to Remove Travel Ban for 13 Countries
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20. According to multiple reports, Biden will sign about a dozen Executive Orders later in the afternoon following the inauguration, and one of them will lift the ban on immigration to the United States from 13 nations.
The ban, which was first introduced in 2017, was struck down twice by federal judges and its third version was finally upheld in June of 2018 by the Supreme Court. Restrictions on travel to the U.S. were originally placed on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Sudan and Iraq were later removed from the list, and Chad, North Korea and Venezuela were added. On Jan. 31, 2020, the administration banned certain visas from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria and Tanzania, and re-added Sudan. The ban would not allow citizens of those countries to settle permanently in America.
These restrictions are expected to be removed Wednesday. It’s possible that the Executive Order could be challenged in cour.