US Lawmakers Fight Trump Over Nigeria's Ban, Move To Reverse Policy - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Sunday, February 2, 2020

US Lawmakers Fight Trump Over Nigeria's Ban, Move To Reverse Policy

Lawmakers of the United States Congress are unhappy with the travel ban placed on immigrants from Nigeria
by the United States' president, Donald Trump.

Fox News reports that, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is leading the charge to have the policy reversed.

According to reports, the Speaker was quoted saying that she found the travel ban which was imposed on the night of Friday, January 31 to be discriminatory against Nigeria and the five other countries on the list.

In the statement made by Pelosi, she said;
“The Trump administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law.

“The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from travelling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy.

“With this latest callous decision, the President has doubled down on his cruelty and further undermined our global leadership, our Constitution and our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi disclosed that Trump's travel ban on Nigeria and the other countries is discriminatory. She accused Trump of undermining the American heritage which is mainly built on immigrants, stating clearly that she would work with other lawmakers to try to reverse it.

The Speaker said the United States House of Reps would speed up the passage of its No ban Act to reverse Trump's policy which the American president's opposition view as a religious ban, targetting mostly Muslim countries.

Reacting to the Travel ban policy, the Nigerian Presidency had released a statement on Twitter saying they would raise a committee to look into the matter and it will be chaired by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

READ ALSO: US Travel Ban On Nigeria; What It Really Means

However, a former Senator and firsthand Critic of the President Buhari-administration, Shehu Sani, said the US was entitled to its decision. The rights activist, citing some instances, hinted that the Nigerian presidency had, in recent times, also made policy decisions that did not sit well with other countries too.

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