It is very painful – Nigeria tops the list of countries whose citizens overstay U.S. visas. Simply, people arrive with tourist visas, with plans of never to return home. Trump, getting ready for his re-election, appears ready to feed on that: immigration push delivers votes in the Western world these days, from the UK to the beautiful America. “A draft being considered … would place immigration restrictions on the additional seven countries, but not necessarily completely ban all citizens of those nations from entering the United States”.
Nigeria along with Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania are under considerations. It is a low point for every Nigerian that we could be put in a bucket with Sudan, Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan. Yet, Trump is the president and he has to do what he thinks helps secure his commonwealth. But I do hope Nigeria lobbies to ensure we never get into that list! Chad survived the original list by doing the same; we have a chance.
President Donald Trump may expand his controversial travel ban with an announcement expected as early as Monday, the three-year anniversary of the original order, which targeted several majority-Muslim nations.
The list of countries is not yet final and could be changed, but nations under consideration for new restrictions include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two people familiar with the matter.
A draft being considered by the Trump administration would place immigration restrictions on the additional seven countries, but not necessarily completely ban all citizens of those nations from entering the United States. The restrictions could apply only to certain government officials, for instance, or certain types of visas.
Nigeria, for instance, is a U.S. counter-terrorism partner and there is a large Nigerian diaspora community in the United States. At the same time, Trump has in the past referred to African nations as “shithole” countries whose citizens he did not want coming to the United States.
He also once said that if Nigerians come to the U.S., they will never “go back to their huts” in Africa, according to The New York Times.