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Follow ‘legal pathways’, US warns potential immigrants from Nigeria, others

THE United States government has warned potential irregular migrants from Nigeria and other African countries, who may consider the crisis at the country’s southern border as opportunity to enter the country illegally, to follow the ‘legal pathways.’

The warning surfaced as the Joe Biden administration’s has prioritised responsible and safe migration practices without exceptions, regardless of the country being emigrated from – the Northern Triangle, Central America or Africa.

Deputy Spokesperson to the US Department of State, Ms. Jalina Porter, on Friday, stressed that anyone seeking to enter the US should do so through “legal pathways.”

Porter made the statement while responding to a question on whether there would be a consideration for asylum seekers from Africa in President Biden administration’s proposed immigration reforms.

The Biden administration certainly prioritises responsible and safe migration practices, and this doesn’t preclude anyone, whether you’re in the Northern Triangle or Central America or whether you are from Africa,” she said.

“So, we say to those in Africa who are looking at what’s going on along the border that the border is and always has been closed to irregular migration. Anyone seeking to come to the U.S. should seek to do so via legal pathways,” she told reporters at a news briefing.

The United States, under the Biden administration, is currently grappling with an influx of illegal migrants, mostly from Mexico, at the southern border with reports suggesting that an average of 5,000 unauthorised migrants are crossing into the country through that route daily, posing a huge logistics and humanitarian challenge to the new administration.

However, US authorities are reportedly allowing about half of the migrants to stay in the country and seek asylum.

Recall that, upon being sworn into office, President Joe Biden revoked the order of his predecessor, Donald Trump, which blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States.

The reversal of Trump’s proclamation now removes the limit placed on the number of new work visas for temporary foreign workers in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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