As he stated that he would, President Obama will lift the 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the U.S. According to the BBC article which you can link here, President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease.
In addition, the US plans to host a bi-annual global HIV/Aids summit for the first time in 2012.
The ban was imposed at the height of a global panic about the disease at the end of the 1980s. As we reported here at CRW in the post entitled, “World AIDS Day 2009” immigration bans related to other health issues were lifted in the 1990s, but the ban related to HIV/AIDS was left as the only such ban. The effect of this ban was not only to prevent immigration by adults, perhaps seeking treatment. The ban also disrupted and prevented countless adoptions of HIV-infected infants from around the world by U.S. citizens.
Here is an additional article link summarizing how the law was repealed.
At CRW, we are proud of President Obama. This decision is undoubtedly unpopular with the President’s sharpest critics. Nevertheless, this is an example of a true leader’s core competency – the President stated what his plan of action would be, and then he carried it out. Perhaps, along the way, President Obama has done something to sponge away the stigma raised against people with HIV and AIDS.