Trump Student Visa Plan Will Hurt Africa—and the United States

This article was originally published by Bloomberg on October 13, 2020.

Against a backdrop of rising tensions with the Soviets in 1959, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in New York that presented a new strategic approach toward African nations and U.S. global leadership in a world defined by great-power competition. “Opening our universities and college doors to several times as many African students as now come over—this would be an investment which would be repaid to this country many times over in increased goodwill, trade and national security.”

Kennedy’s efforts spoke directly to U.S. national interests. Sixty years later, the Trump administration’s new plan to restrict Africans from educational opportunities in the United States works directly against American competitiveness and lasting geopolitical power.


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Judd Devermont