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People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, USA on June 26, 2018. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Immigrants from Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan & More 'Virtually Blocked' Under Trump's Extended Travel Ban

Trump has officially extended his travel ban to include six new countries, and it's just as bad as expected.

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump moved forward with plans to add several new countries to the travel ban list.

The new extension of the ban—which comes three years after the initial ban, which blocked entry into the US for people from several majority Muslim populations—places heavy restrictions on citizens from several African nations, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, and Eritrea. Other countries added include Myanmar and the Eastern European country of Kyrgyzstan.

According to The New York Times, the move will "virtually block" immigration from Myanmar—a country currently facing a genocide against its Muslim population—Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and a strategic trading partner, as well as Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan. While Tanzania and Sudan will be subject to limitations around participation in the the diversity visa lottery, which grants green cards.

Most countries on the list have substantial Muslim populations, reflecting Trump's well-documented Islamophobic views. His ban on several African countries are also in-line with derogatory comments he's made about African nations in the past. In 2018, he infamously referred to African nations as "shitholes." With the inclusion of six new countries, the travel ban now consists of a total of 13 countries.


According to Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, the decision to place the ban on these countries comes as a result of their failure to meet US security and anti-terrorism standards. "These countries, for the most part, want to be helpful," said Wolf. "But for a variety of different reasons simply failed to meet those minimum requirements that we laid out."

The ban will impact a quarter of the people on the African continent, according to a report from The New York Times. The news has been met with both anger and disappointment by many immigrant groups and advocates.


Several Democrats have also denounced the move. Somali-born Democratic representative Ilhan Omar has said that she will introduce legislation to counter xenophobic laws supported by the Trump administration, including a 1798 law that allows the president to target foreign nationals, according to Al Jazeera.

The restrictions are set to go into effect on February 21.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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