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Biden to reverse Trump’s Muslim ban on inauguration day

US President-elect Joe Biden will cap a busy day of inauguration pageantry by using the powers of his new office to push policy changes on housing, student loans, climate change and immigration, a top aide said on Saturday. Biden, who campaigned on a raft of promises to undo President Donald Trump’s legacy even before the novel coronavirus pandemic walloped the nation, will unveil “roughly a dozen” previously promised executive actions on Wednesday, incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo distributed to…

US ‘will not be a migrant camp’: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would not become a "migrant camp" as he faced mounting pressure to stop families being separated as a deterrent to illegal immigration. "The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility," Trump said in remarks delivered at the White House. "It won't be." "You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my…

US visa applicants to be asked for social media history: State Department

WASHINGTON: The US government plans to collect social media history from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, State Department proposals showed on Friday as part of President Donald Trump’s policy of “extreme vetting.” Most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants - about 14.7 million people - will be asked to list on a federal application form all of the social media identities that they have used in the past five years - information that will be used to vet and identify them, according to the…

Trump administration to add new screening for refugees: document

NEW YORK: The Trump administration will require all refugees to provide information about their whereabouts going back a decade, twice as long as before, during screening for admission to the United States, starting on Wednesday, according to a State Department document seen by Reuters. The U.S. government is also taking a step that refugee advocates say will in effect pause the admission of most adult male refugees from 11 countries as well as some Palestinians, for whom a certain kind of advanced security screening is…

Revised Trump travel ban going into effect- who will be hit?

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from six mostly Muslim countries will come into force late Thursday, as controversy swirls over who qualifies for an exemption based on family ties. Delayed by five months of legal challenges before the Supreme Court partially backed Trump, the ban comes into effect at 8 pm Thursday Eastern time (0000 GMT Friday), putting tight restrictions on the issuance of visas to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Officials stressed that anyone…

Trump scraps one Obama immigration policy, keeps another

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is canceling an Obama-era policy allowing millions of undocumented parents of US-born children to stay in the country, but leaving intact a separate scheme protecting young immigrants. In a statement late Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it was rescinding a 2014 policy to shield from deportation an estimated 3.6 million people. The policy, known as DAPA -- for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents -- has never been implemented due…

Emirates cuts flights to US

DUBAI: Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said Wednesday that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under President Donald Trump hit demand. The Dubai-based airline said that it would cut services to five US cities -- Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale -- starting from next month. "This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to US," a spokesperson for the carrier said in a statement. "The recent actions taken by…

New Trump travel order remains a Muslim ban: US rights groups

WASHINGTON: US civil rights groups have roundly slammed President Donald Trump's revised immigration order as a "Muslim ban" in all but name, and vowed to keep fighting it in court. "The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrant Rights Project. "The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a…

President Trump’s new travel ban: key points

US President Donald Trump's administration issued a revised immigration ban Monday that temporarily freezes US visa issuance to anyone from six mostly-Muslim countries and halts for 120 days all refugee arrivals. Here are the key points: What's new in the revised order?  Iraq, which was targeted by the original January 27 travel ban, is excluded. Six other countries remain: Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Iran. The US says that none of the six can supply adequate identity and security information on their citizens…

US restaurants shut in support of immigrants

From burger joints to posh eateries, scores of Washington restaurants shut down Thursday as part of a protest with echoes across the United States against President Donald Trump's treatment of immigrants. Some restaurants on the "Day Without Immigrants" closed out of solidarity with the largely low-earning people who staff them, a strike meant to show how important foreign born workers are to the economy. Others shuttered because not enough staff showed up to work in the immigrant-dominated restaurant industry. And it…