US President Donald Trump, who was defeated in the last presidential election by Joe Biden, bragged about being the best thing that has happened to black Americans. The Trump administration has imposed a new temporary travel rule that will see citizens of some African countries deposit bonds of up to $ 15,000 just to visit the United States.
According to the State Department, the pilot program, which will take effect on December 24, aims to prevent visitors from 15 African countries, listed in the new travel rule, from staying in the United States for too long.
‘Visa applicants potentially subject to the pilot program include foreigners applying for visas as temporary visitors for business or welfare (B-1 / B-2); are from countries with high visa override rates,’ the State Department statement said.
Visa requirements target countries that have stay exceedance rates of 10% or more, as reported in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fiscal Year 2019 In/Out Stay Exceedance Report. According to the DHS report, the worst offenders were generally from Chad (44.94%), Djibouti (37.91%), and Mauritania (30.49%).
They will have to pay a refundable bond of 5,000 dollars, 10,000 dollars, or 15,000 dollars. “Visa requirements will be filed with US immigration and customs authorities,” according to the State Department.
He said the pilot program would help them assess the operational feasibility of filing, processing, and discharging visa requirements, which will inform any future decisions regarding the possible use of visa requirements to achieve national security and foreign policy objectives.
The target countries are Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe.
Donald Trump has made the crackdown on illegal migration a key priority of his presidency, and his latest decision could have far-reaching consequences. But President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to overturn many of Trump’s immigration policies, has yet to comment on whether he would cancel the program to prevent extensions of stay.