Originally Published in Salon
Igor Derysh - March 10, 2021
Immigration groups say Biden breaking promises on immigration rules, family detention and child migrant facilities
Biden, who called the Muslim ban "morally wrong," rescinded the ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries immediately after taking office. The State Department said on Monday that those denied entry by the ban could reapply but applicants who were selected for the diversity lottery — which aims to boost migration from underrepresented populations — but then denied entry because of the ban would not be eligible for new visas. The department said that the "deadlines for visa issuance" under that program have "expired."
"The opportunity to 'win' a diversity visa is a rare and life-changing opportunity that was snatched away from thousands of people because of President Trump's hatred and discrimination," Manar Waheed, the ACLU's senior legislative and advocacy counsel, said in a statement. "Instead of restoring this opportunity, President Biden just dusted off Trump's 'CLOSED' sign and locked the door behind him."
Waheed added that the decision "threatens to forever prevent thousands of Black and Brown immigrants who meet all the legal requirements to immigrate to the United States from doing so."
Igor Derysh is a staff writer at Salon. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald and Baltimore Sun.