It was with bated breath that the world followed the US elections. And it was not just because we cared about the outcome of modern politics in the west.
One way or the other, many Africans had a clear stake in who got elected; especially if you are a third world immigrant from West Africa looking to find a better life in the west.
A few controversial years in the oval has shown us already that a prolonged Trump administration would not favor that narrative, and so by some selfish motivation, we wanted Biden in the White house.
Trump’s newest initiative is set to take the immigration fiasco to a whole new level. His recent tweet about signing an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States caused a lot of sleepless nights for immigration advocates as well as relocation hopefuls, thousands of miles away in Africa.
Now you understand why as Africans we were rooting for Joe Biden instead of an unpredictable and hardliner Trump administration.
It just wouldn’t favor us.
So, with the premature celebration of a Joe Biden win, third world countries are ecstatic about the chance to revert to the status quo, especially with a candidate like Biden whose policies we know won’t be too far from Obama’s, who he once served alongside.
As a result, people are already dusting up their passports and getting ready for the possibility of another shot at the land of the free. But in the midst of all the preparations, we need to know the prevailing statistics that are stacked against us on this front.
The number of visas issued to foreigners abroad looking to immigrate to the United States has declined by about 25 percent, to 462,422 in the 2019 fiscal year from 617,752 in 2016.
Now we can attribute this to Trump’s obvious hardline approach to immigration but it can also be that visa application restrictions have tightened over the years as a result of watching the rising statistics of how entrants into the United States never made it back home.
Maybe they are learning and retweaking the process, especially when it comes to dealing with Nigerians.
Because when you consider that in January, immigration policies was expanded to advance travel restrictions to 13 more countries, including Nigeria, you might begin to see things a little differently.
Maybe, just maybe this is not about Trump or Biden being in office, but a well-choreographed American attempt to ‘take back America.’
We can only wait and see.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here