What Biden calls Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” only applies to high-risk countries where Islamic terrorism is a problem, and not even all Muslim countries where it is a problem, so it can hardly be called a “Muslim Ban.”
NY Times The ban initially restricted travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad — as well as Venezuela and North Korea. Chad was later removed from the list. The United States Supreme Court’s majority argued that the policy was not a Muslim ban, citing the inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela and the administration’s process of granting exemptions.
In Feb. 2020, President Trump added Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list. The ban will also prevent immigrants from Sudan and Tanzania from moving to the United States through the diversity visa lottery.
Considering that there are 56 Muslim-majority countries, these restrictions on just 8 Muslim countries, it hardly constitute a “Muslim ban.” Even Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that Mr. Trump had the statutory authority to make national security judgments in the realm of immigration.
Biden and his surrogates say they intend to act quickly on the following:
– Middle East: Restore assistance to the Palestinian Authority that the Trump administration has eliminated, as well as to agencies that support Palestinian refugees. Biden hasn’t said he will reverse Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or return the embassy to Tel Aviv.
– United Nations: Restore US membership in UN agencies such as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and possibly the UN Human Rights Commission.
– Europe: Tone down rhetoric Trump has used to berate and insult European allies. Biden can be expected to try to warm relations among NATO partners.
– Africa: Try to raise America’s profile on the continent, which has become a new battleground for competition with China.
– Asia: Revert to a traditional US stance supporting the presence of American troops in Japan and South Korea. Biden has also criticized Trump’s personal relationship with Kim.
– Latin America: Cancel Trump administration agreements that sent asylum-seeking immigrants to Mexico and other countries while they await court dates and halt all new construction of the southern border wall. Biden also wants to restart Obama-era engagement with Cuba.