Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

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Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door
Victor J. Blue for The New York Times
Source: The New York Times

Few foreigners welcomed President Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years.

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NAIROBI, Kenya — As the results of the American presidential election rolled in on Nov. 4, a young Sudanese couple sat up through the night in their small town south of Khartoum, eyes glued to the television as state tallies were declared, watching anxiously. They had a lot riding on the outcome.

A year earlier, Monzir Hashim had won the State Department’s annual lottery to obtain a green card for the United States only to learn that President Donald J. Trump, in his latest iteration of the “Muslim ban,” had barred Sudanese citizens from immigrating to the United States.

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