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Trump to place new visa restrictions on immigrants from six African and Asian nations


United States

The United States has announced a plan to curb legal immigration from six additional countries that officials say do not meet the country’s security standards as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration.

Key points:

  • Immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain US visas
  • The restrictions do not go as far as Mr Trump’s travel ban which suspended travel from several Muslim majority countries
  • Immigration was a signature issue in Mr Trump’s successful 2016 election campaign

US Homeland Security officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to come to the United States.

But it is not a total travel ban, unlike President Donald Trump’s earlier effort that generated outrage around the world for unfairly targeting Muslims.

Mr Trump was expected to sign a proclamation on the restrictions in the coming days and the restrictions would go into effect on February 21.

The announcement comes as Mr Trump tries to promote his administration’s crackdown on immigration, highlighting a signature issue that motivated his supporters in 2016 and hoping it has the same effect in this November’s presidential election.

The Trump administration recently announced a crackdown on ‘birth tourism’ and is noting the sharp decline in crossings at the US-Mexico border and citing progress on building the border wall.

Immigrant visas, the type of visa given to people seeking to live in the US permanently, were restricted for Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria. They include visas for people sponsored by family members or employers as well as the diversity visa program.



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The US Supreme court upheld Mr Trump’s travel ban in 2018. (Reuters: Leah Millis )

The US will also stop granting diversity visas, commonly known as the ‘green card lottery’, to people in Sudan and Tanzania. The State Department uses a digital lottery to select people from around the world for up to 55,000 diversity visas.

Non-immigrant visas, which are given to people travelling to the US for a temporary stay, are not affected. These visas include those for tourists, those doing business or people seeking medical treatment.



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Opponents argue Mr Trump seeks to target Muslim-majority countries. (Reuters: James Lawler Duggan)

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said officials would work with the countries on bolstering their security requirements to help them get off the list.

“These countries, for the most part, want to be helpful, they want to do the right thing, they have relationships with the US, but for a variety of different reasons failed to meet those minimum requirements,” Mr Wolf said.

Rumours swirled for weeks about a potential new ban, and initially, Belarus was considered.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to the Eastern European nation as the restrictions were released and Belarus was not on the list.

Mr Wolf said some nations were able to comply with the new standards in time.

Critics argued travel ban targeted Muslim countries

The current restrictions follow Mr Trump’s travel ban, which the Supreme Court upheld as lawful in 2018.

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They do not go as far as Mr Trump’s initial ban, which had suspended travel from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days, blocked refugee admissions for 120 days, and suspended travel from Syria.

The Government suspended most immigrant and non-immigrant visas to applicants from those countries.

Mr Trump has said a travel ban is necessary to protect Americans.

But opponents have argued that he seeks to target Muslim countries, pointing to comments he made as a candidate in 2015 calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

The seven countries with considerably more restrictions include nations with little or no diplomatic relationship to the US.

They include five majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Sudan and Kyrgyzstan are majority-Muslim countries.



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Donald Trump’s travel ban sparked widespread protests. (AP: C M Guerrero)

Nigeria is about evenly split between Christians and Muslims but has the world’s fifth-largest population of Muslims, according to the Pew Research Centre.

Mr Wolf said immigrant visas were chosen because people with those visas were the most difficult to remove after arriving in the United States.

AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Oddisee – Rights & Wrongs (feat. Olivier St. Louis) (The Iceberg Album)


[Verse One: Olivier St. Louis]
Two halves sittin’ on a one sided saw
Roundabouts is how we get round it all
It ain’t enough to have fair space between you and the hierarchy
Wanna fight for some equality
But what about if you the boss
And the boss always pays the cost
How you feel about your pocket, now
You could never have it all and make everyone feel 10 feet tall The rise and the fall must occur to all

[Hook: Olivier St. Louis]
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong (x2)

[Verse Two: Oddisee]
I would kill to save life
Do you see a hero or you’d rather read me rights
My neighborhood is getting nice
Safe to walk at night
I can’t afford to pay the price
Sudan we eat a lot of lamb
Latins like the chicken but what’s better over rice
I think I’m giving out advice
But all you hear is judgement on the way you live your life Paper that we read not the same
Yours framing me for the blame
Mine see you cause all the shame
We can’t agree on a thing
We are both beyond the games
But we still play
Should I fear what’s on the way
Bigger gear push on the breaks
One man’s heart is another man’s brain
Forever then the question will remain

[Hook: Olivier St. Louis]
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong
What’s right or wrong (x2)


Czarface – All In Together Now (A Fistful Of Peril Album)


[Verse 1: Inspectah Deck]
I don’t do it like everyone else
Check our pro, boy
The flow grab your soul like the devil himself
Always knew that I was headed for wealth
Young gun salute, the triple O, so the presence is felt
And this is for my diehard day ones
Who came from the same place I came from
Where you get your name from?
I earn my stripes, I write that
E, turn the flame type of shit that will burn for life, yeah
It’s levels to this here, your’s under mine
Cool J with the flow, ladies love the shine
I’m hotter than Sudan in the summertime
Verbal mind, now you must be out your fucking mind
Right, living it up, make the honnies hot
Boss, I listen up when the money talk
And never paid a thought to the dummy talk
Funny talk, that’s hating what you love me for

[Hook: Inspectah Deck]
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now

[Verse 2: Esoteric]
You lack the minerals and vitamins native to my environment
I’m on the new level, true rebel, vibin’ it
I’m loyal, I’m royal, and boy, it’s a requirement
I’m more savage than below average, you don’t have it
New wins for the team, and that’s a no [?]
Pro status don’t met us, but crack your whole carriage
And I’m allowing the proud legally swing
The crown that I wear’s a cow beef with the king
I’m technologically advanced, leaving a slang
Genius intellect, flexing on the demons to cling
I’m daily deadly, but I don’t know who gave it away
It’s safe to say that it’s my victims, pray for my prey
Something is ain’t fun, the work is A1
I had a dangerous name since day one like James Gunn
But I ain’t licking wounds, cause I know where the pain’s from
So if you need a pic, you just allow me to paint one

[Hook: Inspectah Deck]
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now
All in together now




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