Nigerians, especially those without urgent need of travelling to the US, have been urged to reschedule or postpone their travel plans until the new US Administration Policy on immigration has been clear.
Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the warning in a statement signed by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdurrahman Balogun, in Abuja.
According to her, the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by her office. “In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry of US visas being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria. Those affected were sent back immediately on the next available flight, and their visas were cancelled,” she said, adding that there were no reasons given for the decision by the US Immigration Authority.
Dabiri-Erewa, however, tasked Nigerians in the Diaspora to abide by the rules and regulations of their host countries and be good ambassadors of the country. The new US Administration intends to deport undocumented immigrants to their countries of origin.
On January 25, President Trump signed an executive order that reinstates the Secure Communities Program, which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the branch of the US Government that enforces immigration laws, uses to target undocumented immigrants. The order also directs the State Department to withhold visas or take other measures to ensure that countries take back their undocumented immigrants.