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Joe Biden Promises Citizenship For 11m Undocumented Immigrants

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Former U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, has promised a pathway to citizenship for no fewer than 11 million undocumented immigrants if elected president on Nov. 3.

Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, made the promise at his last debate with the incumbent President Donald  Trump, on Thursday night.

Within 100 days I am going to send to the U.S. Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people and all of those so-called Dreamers.

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They are going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on the path to citizenship.

“The idea that they are being sent home by this guy [Trump], and they want to do that, is that they are going to a country they have never seen before,” he said.

Noting the contributions of undocumented immigrants to the development of America, Biden said the country owed them.

According to him, no fewer than 20,000 of them are serving as first responders during the COVID-19 crisis, saving lives.

Responding, Trump said Joe Biden had eight years as Vice President to do what he promised but failed, and rather built “cages“ to keep children in.

The Trump administration has been widely criticized for its policy of forcefully separating children from their undocumented immigrant parents, especially at the U.S. border with Mexico.

No fewer than 4,000 kids were separated and kept in detention facilities under the policy in late 2017.

Although Trump has since reversed the zero-tolerance policy, the parents of 500 of those children cannot be located.

Asked how he planned to reunite the affected families, the president dodged the question and tried to turn the conversation to detention facilities.

He said the children were brought to the U.S. by bad people who used them to get into the country.

He argued that the “cages” in which the children were kept were built by the administration of former President Barack Obama under which Joe Biden served as Vice President.

Joe Biden fired back, noting that the children detained by Trump came over with their parents and that the policy was making the U.S. a “laughing stock”.

 

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Diego Maradona Dies Of Heart Attack At 60

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Diego Maradona Dies Of A Heart Attack At 60
Diego Maradona

Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona dies of a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, barely two weeks after he recovered from a brain injury.

The football star has been ill for a while but recently discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery.

Diego Maradona is an iconic figure in the soccer industry as he is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

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He helped Argentina win the world cup as a player in 1986.

He has played for clubs like Napoli, Barcelona, Sevilla, and the likes of others, winning the Balon D’or in 1995.

He also has so many other accolades to his name, and he is famous for “The Hand of God” that saw England eliminated from the 1986 World Cup Tournament.

The Argentine news outlet Clarin broke the news on Wednesday afternoon, describing the news of Maradona’s passing as having a “worldwide impact”.

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Trump Excludes Nigeria From $15,000 Visa Bond

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Trump Excludes Nigeria From $15,000 Visa Bond

President Donald Trump of the United States (US), excluded Nigeria from the $15,000 bond imposed on tourist and business travellers from 24 countries, including 15 African nations with high overstay rate of 10% or higher in 2019.

Nigerian travellers escaped paying the bond as their overall score was below the threshold of 10% and above overstaying rate.

The new temporary rule requires travellers to the US from the affected countries to pay a bond from $5,000 to $15,000 with effect from December 24.

The programme runs through June 24 and targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travellers.

The African countries affected are -Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Burundi.

A Department of Home Security report shows the worst offenders were typically from Chad (44.94%), Djibouti (37.91%), and Mauritania (30.49%).

The list also includes Iran at 21.64% and Afghanistan at 11.99%, as well as Bhutan, Laos, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Yemen.

According to the DHS, out of 177,835 Nigerians who visited the US in 2019, 17,566 overstayed, of which 764 departed late and 16,802 stayed in the country.

The overstaying rate was put at between 9.45-9.88% but in other classifications, 11.12% of 9,336 Nigerian non-immigrant and exchange visitors overstayed.

Another 13.67% of in-scope nonimmigrant visitors also overstayed same year.

According to Reuters, the Trump administration said the six-month pilot programme aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas.

Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term in office.

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Donald Trump Finally Allows Power Transition To Biden

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Donald Trump Finally Allows Power Transition To Biden

After two weeks of grandstanding, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally accepted to allow a transition of power to his potential successor, Joe Biden.

In a Monday evening tweet, Trump said he had recommended that the General Services Administration (GSA) “do what needs to be done” in that regard.

The president’s tweet came amid reports by local media that the GSA has determined Biden to be the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, sent Biden a letter earlier on Monday to inform him that his transition could now begin.

ABC News quoted an unnamed official of the Biden transition team as confirming that the former Vice President had received the letter.

With this, the president-elect’s transition team can now access government resources, including funds, for a smooth transition of power.

The GSA is a federal agency responsible for enabling the transition of power from one administration to another, and it controls the funds for the process.

By law, the head of the agency must first “ascertain” the winner of a presidential election before setting the transition ball rolling.

But with Trump’s refusal to concede, the GSA administrator, who was appointed by the president in 2017, had held back from starting the process.

Murphy had come under fire from Democrats and other critics, who accused her of allowing political influence to interfere in the agency’s independence.

Defending her decision in the letter to Biden, the GSA head denied being influenced by the White House or official of the executive branch of government

“I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right.

“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts.

“I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” she said.

In his tweet, Donald Trump said he advised the agency to start the process because he did not want Murphy, her family, and employees of the GSA to continue to suffer harassment and abuse.

“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country.

“She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA”, Trump said.

The president, who is in court challenging the election results in key battleground states, said his case would continue.

“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”

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