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Friday, February 7, 2020

Visa Ban: Come And See American Wonder, By Owei Lakemfa


When I was a boy, magic was associated with  what the adults called ‘American Wonder’ The United States of American (USA)  was a wonder to that generation and it  was believed that  it  was a country of anything goes. That America  could change white into blue  or insist that white is actually blue.  That was the Nigeria of the 1970s.
On January 31, 2020, America   listed Nigeria,  Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar –all with large Muslim populations - as new countries handed forms of  travel ban.  This is apparently, a   continuation of the January 2017 Trump travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries. In this election year, Trump has to appeal to his Christian evangelical supporters. Secondly, Trump is a bombastic racist, and needs  to let the far right know that he is protecting White America and the Whiteness of America. Clamping down  on Nigerians,  is a promise Trump made as a  Presidential aspirant. In his 2016 rally in Kansas,  Trump said: “Nigerians and Mexicans have taken all the jobs meant for honest hard working Americans. Why can’t they (Nigerians) stay in their own country? … We need to get the Africans out. Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially  the Nigerians. They’re everywhere… I went for a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He’s in Alaska taking our jobs. They’re in Houston taking our jobs.” 
As American President in January 2018, at a  White House discussion with lawmakers, Trump said of  Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"  So with the ban, Trump is merely fulfilling his campaign promises.
To be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreigner must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or a prospective employer. Also, it takes 2-3 years including background checks  before a migrant visa is issued. Now, let us examine the excuses for denying Nigerians migrant visas.
 One is that Nigerians are overstaying their visa. First, there is a penalty of being refused American visa for ten years if you overstay, so  this cannot be a reason. Secondly, an entire country cannot be punished for the misdemeanor of a handful. Thirdly is the fact that Nigeria is not even in the big league of countries overstaying; Canada leads that league, followed by Mexico, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Colombia. In Africa, the country with the highest number of visa overstay rates is Djibouti, not Nigeria. So if countries are to be banned for overstay, it should be these, not Nigeria.
A second excuse is that Nigeria does not comply with  established identity-management system. Given the immigrant visa criteria, the identity of the would-be migrant is solidly established, far more than those for non-migrant visas. But America is not banning the latter partly because its Nigeria visa fees, is  a goldmine.
A third excuse is that Nigeria is not doing enough on  information-sharing.  This we know is reciprocal. The fourth, that Nigeria does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, is an euphemism for spying. That  rather than America spending huge sums spying on Nigerians, the Nigerian government  should do the job and pass  the results under the guise of information  sharing. Does America ‘share’ information about is citizens with Nigeria?

Africans will be uncritical if they do not know that this ban on four African countries – and is likely to be extended to more – is part of the American establishment programme to pack Whites   into the country. In order not to be accused of racism, it introduced the  American Visa (Diversity)  lottery but African migration remains higher than Whites, so it had banned countries like Nigeria from the lottery while this new measure, bars Sudanese and Tanzanians.
As for terrorism, which country established and sustained contemporary terrorist groups; Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, Taliban in Pakistan, al-Qaeda in the Gulf and ISIS in Syria and Iraq? Fifteen of the   nineteen 9/11 bombers were Saudis, yet, America did not ban Saudi Arabia. That should tell us that what is at play is politics.   The analysis of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the American House of Representatives that this ban is:   “biased and bigoted (and) discrimination disguised as policy.” is quite apt.
Let me remind us that when  Boko Haram eight years ago began  building military capacity following the American-contrived Libyan War, the Americans not only  refused to sell Nigeria arms to fight and conquer the Boko Harm terrorists, but worse still,   forbade other countries to sell us arms. This led  to the desperation of the Jonathan administration carrying  cash around the world to buy arms from any open market. Have we forgotten that some of that Nigerian cash was seized by South Africa? 

In 2018 alone  8,018 Nigerians met the stringent criteria  and migrated to the USA.  What the Trump regime  is doing, amounts to self-help to stop the flow of Nigerian immigrants.  Nigerians endanger the   ‘America First’   policy because they  are the single most educated group   in America.  Twenty nine   percent Nigerians in USA have degrees compared to 11 percent  of the overall American population;17 percent hold Masters degrees and  4 percent, doctorate degrees compared to 8 percent White Americans with Masters degrees and 1 percent with doctorate.
With so many Nigerians holding one or   more  degrees, in job placements where merit is the criterion, Nigerians will be snapping up the jobs. 

While the Nigerian   government went into panic mood pledging it will meet the demands of America, small Eritrea with a population of 5,767, 105, denounced the ban, adding: “We find this move unacceptable. We will, however, not expel the U.S. ambassador.”  As big brother, Nigeria should have coordinated   other African  countries for a joint response; Africa should be interested in getting Trump, the narcissist racist bigot out of the White House.
Rather than Nigerian elites weeping over the ban, they should pity  that country that is perpetually at war around the world with its towns and cities so unsafe due to the greedy gun culture that ensures the  continuous stream of mass shootings in crowded areas like schools, malls and  religious centres.
  Nigerians  should not regret being barred from migrating to a country where Black lives don’t matter.  I love Americans as I love the rest of humanity, but how do I love a country that  has  planted millions of landmines, but not a single one in its own territory; a country kidnapping people across the world in the name of rendition while its own citizens who carry out mass murders in places like Iraq cannot be extradited to face  justice? Let us leave this America alone and pursue our own development agenda.

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