Travel has not always been inclusive of the entire world and you know, it would be nice to see that being a bigger conversation going on right now, as restrictions are lifted for some.
Hi, I'm Isabelle Roughol and this is Borderline.
Just this week, just yesterday in fact as I'm recording this, the US announced that they were finally lifting some of their travel restrictions and allowing Europeans especially, but in fact, people from 33 countries to enter the United States, as long as they are vaccinated.
I tweeted something to the tune of "yay, all foreign nationals allowed into the US at last," though only from November. And my guest today tweeted back: " All foreign nationals? Really? Not quite."
And she was absolutely right. So I invited her on the podcast to discuss this. So this is a 24 hours turnaround podcast on some breaking news for a change about the US travel restrictions, but also who gets to cross these US borders and what the future of international mobility might look like when it is conditioned on being vaccinated.
My guest is Anna Lekas Miller. She is an American journalist who's worked extensively in the Middle East and is covering immigration, so she is a regular listener as well as someone that I often bounce things off of on Twitter. So I'm so glad that she is with us today.
Hey, how's it going?
Good. How are you?