ACLU says Biden ‘just dusted off Trump’s ‘CLOSED’ sign’

ACLU

WASHINGTON (KLKN) — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) addresses President Joe Biden in a scathing news release detailing what they believe to be hypocrisy in his immigration policies.

The release comes after the Biden administrations said it will not issue visas to diversity visa applicants denied under the Trump administration’s Muslim ban between 2017 and 2020.

Diversity visa applicants can re-apply, but they will be required to submit a new application and pay another submission fee. Whereas non-diversity applicants who were denied after Jan. 20 have the opportunity to dispute the rejection without resubmitting their application.

“While President Biden is right to call the Muslim ban ‘a stain on our national conscience,’ he has failed to help so many of those harmed by it,” stated Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel. “Instead of restoring this opportunity, President Biden just dusted off Trump’s ‘CLOSED’ sign and locked the door behind him. This decision threatens to forever prevent thousands of Black and Brown immigrants who meet all of the legal requirements to immigrate to the United States from doing so, perpetuating the effects of the discriminatory ban. Although Biden made the Muslim ban recession a day one priority, that alone is not enough. Today, he cemented Trump’s legacy of harm.”

Click here for the ACLU’s full statement.

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