(Al Jazeera) – Trump-era measure restricting many visa applicants cited need to protect US jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic.
US President Joe Biden has revoked a proclamation issued under the Trump administration that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States.
The order by former President Donald Trump, known as Presidential Proclamation 100014, cited a need to protect US jobs amid high unemployment rates caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday, the White House announced that Biden overturned the measure through an executive order, saying Trump’s ban separated families and “does not advance the interests of the United States”.
“To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here,” the statement reads.