Trump visa restrictions live on COVID-19 backlog

Trump visa restrictions live on COVID-19 backlog

President Biden’s efforts to dismantle his predecessor’s immigration legacy are being hamstrung by a State Department that’s still operating with limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since taking office, Biden has reversed several policies former President Trump put in place to block visas for thousands of immigrants seeking to work or join family members in the U.S.

But the same COVID-19 restrictions that helped Trump scale back visas are now hindering Biden, who has made expanding legal pathways for immigration a cornerstone of his first few months in office.

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