“Muslim-ban” Executive Order and Proclamations Revoked

As promised, President Biden has revoked some of the many discriminatory Executive Orders of the outgoing administration on day one in office. Yesterday, he issued a Proclamation revoking Executive Order 13780 of March 6, 2017; Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017; Proclamation 9723 of April 10, 2018; and Proclamation 9983 of January 31, 2020. These Executive Orders include the infamous “Muslim ban” and “enhanced vetting capabilities and processes” for many Muslim-majority and African countries. Over the past few years, a large backlog of cases has been stuck at US embassies and consulates serving these countries, so there may still be significant delays in the issuance of visas, especially due to the limited services offered during the COVID pandemic, but at least they now have the opportunity to move forward under the same rules and regulations that apply to every other country in the world. This is the first encouraging news from the new administration, and it apparently plans to send a transformative immigration bill to Congress in the coming weeks that will affect many people seeking to make America their home.

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