President Joe Biden has revoked a proclamation issued by his predecessor blocking millions of green card applicants from entering the country. The previous administration’s action also known as the Presidential Proclamation 100014, argued that there was an urgent need to protect American jobs amid high unemployment rates triggered by the pandemic outbreak.
On Wednesday, the White House said that Biden overturned the decision through an executive order, maintaining that the decision separated thousands of families and does not advance the American interests. In recent weeks, the international human rights organizations have been asking the new administration to reverse the measure, which was set to expire by the end of March.
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The statement from the White House said that the Trump administration’s ban harmed the US more than anyone as it prevented numerous permanent residents from meeting their family members. In response, several civil rights activists commended Biden’s decision and added that the step would reunite thousands of families from across the world.
Since Joe Biden assumed the presidential office, he has overturned a flurry of Trump-era policies, including anti-immigration decisions and the so-called Muslim ban that forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait in neighboring Mexico while the immigration officials process their applications.
However, some of his efforts, including legislation passed unveiled by the Biden administration earlier this month are likely to create an eight-year pathway to citizens citizenship for as many as eleven million undocumented people living in the states across the US. On the other hand, political experts suggest that his decisions will face opposition from Republican Congressional leaders, who are still loyal to the former US President.
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