- The decision of the US government to suspend issuing immigrant visa to Nigerians have been widely condemned
- The latest person to condemn the action is a popular American journalist, Justin Fox, who listed data-backed reasons why the US needs more Nigerian immigrants
- Meanwhile, some key lawmakers of the US Congress are also unhappy with the travel ban placed on immigrants from Nigeria and want the policy reversed
Justin Fox, a popular American journalist and Bloomberg Opinion columnist, has revealed why the United States should allow more Nigerian immigrants in the country.
Fox made the points in the wake of the immigrant visa restriction imposed on Nigeria by the Donald Trump-led US government.
The respected journalist in his opinion published by Bloomberg on Tuesday, February 4, described the Nigerian immigrants as one of the most successfully integrated groups in the country.
Fox, citing data from the US Census Bureau, said estimated 374,311 Nigerian-born people were living in the US as at 2018 and they are doing well.
The median income of households led by someone of Nigerian ancestry is higher than that of the US households overall.
Also, the journalist added that immigrants from Nigeria are more likely to have jobs than the rest of the US residents.
Fox added that available data indicate that Nigerian immigrants are more likely to work in education and health care, noting that there are a lot of Nigerian-American doctors.
He added that Nigerian immigrants occupy a covetous position as far as the educational standard is concerned in the country.
Also citing relevant data, he said Nigerian immigrants occupied 10th place for the percentage with college degrees, adding that Nigerian immigrants are clearly among the most successful immigrant groups in the US.
Fox submitted that the decision of the US government to restrict Nigeria from the immigrant visa is a step in the wrong direction.
"Nigerian immigrants are great. We need more of them, not fewer," Fox said.
Meanwhile, amid criticisms against the travel ban placed on Nigeria and five other countries by the US government, the White House has said that it informed the country a year before it finally took action.
Legit.ng gathered that the US government revealed that it notified all foreign governments of a change in its performance metrics for identity-management and information sharing criteria since March 11, 2019.
The White House noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions.
Subsequently, the Nigerian government said a committee has been established to address the visa restriction.
The committee which will be chaired by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola is to study the updated requirements of the US in relation to the assessment of compliance with certain security criteria by foreign governments.
However, some key lawmakers of the United States Congress are unhappy with the travel ban placed on immigrants from Nigeria by the North American country's president.
The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is leading the charge to have the policy reversed.
Pelosi said 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.
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