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Nigerians React To Trump's New Travel Ban

Carolyn Kaster
A flag is waved outside the White House. The Trump administration is curbing legal immigration from six additional countries they say do not meet security screening standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration.

Nigerians in the U.S. are concerned that President Donald Trump has added their home country to his travel ban on immigrants. It means they can’t bring their relatives here. But the Nigerian government has been relatively passive towards the ban.  

The Nigerian government has actually not complained about the travel ban. Instead it’s offered to do a better job of sharing public safety and terrorism-related information with the U.S. Nigeria’s foreign minister is in Washington right now to discuss those issues.

Some Nigerian newspapers are blaming their own government for the travel ban. They say their country is not dealing effectively with a growing insecurity problem, including the Boko Haram Muslim insurgency in the north.

Only a few Nigerians were granted immigrant visas to the U.S. even before the Trump administration announced a travel ban.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.