- Donald Trump's government has been sued by over 200 US hopefuls who were denied access to the country
- The prospective immigrants from over 70 countries had won the United States' Diversity Visa lottery programme
- However, Trump's executive order suspending migration into the US has dashed their' hope, prompting them to seek legal redress
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Over 200 prospective immigrants from about 70 countries across the world have sued Donald Trump after the US president issued an executive order suspending immigration until 2021.
The immigrants, it was gathered, had won the United States government’s Diversity Visa lottery programme prior to Trump's executive order.
But with the US president suspending all migration into the country amid the emergence of the Covid-19 crisis, the American hopefuls' dream seems to have been dampened, prompting them to institute a lawsuit against America's number one citizen.
Trump had enacted the order in June 2020, saying it was geared towards protecting the American markets and jobs from thousands of immigrants.
This apparently prevented over 50,000 winners of the "Diversity Visa Giveaway" from completing the process of their immigrant visa application.
According to the Heraldmail, the federal lawsuit, which was filed in the district of Columbia, claims that the Trump administration has repeatedly attacked the Diversity Visa program created by Congress in 1990.
“The plaintiffs in the case followed the rules, and did everything they were supposed to do. They had planned to build a new life in the United States of America,” the lawyer Curtis Lee Morrison, based in Los Angeles said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that thousands of foreign students studying various degree programmes may be forced out of the United States, marking Nigeria out as one of the counties that may be affected by the new policies set to be introduced by President Trump.
Facing the prospect of losing the 2020 presidential election, Trump, through the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced on Monday, July 6, that international students may risk deportation.
The American president and some of the officials in his government are reported to be making plans to force foreign nationals to leave the United States, including a new policy that could push out many international students.
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