What the 2020 election results means to immigrants
Joe Biden’s win means good news to the immigrant community, however the president-elect has a lot of work to do due to the previous immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration. The following are policies passed during the 4 years of Trump’s presidency.
- New asylum regulations that make it difficult for asylum seekers to be approved.
- Increase of denials in military naturalization.
- Naturalization costs are increasing by more than 80%.
- Increase in construction of detention facilities and detention of immigrants.
- DACA and TPS limitations and possible termination.
- Halt of naturalization ceremonies.
- “Zero-Tolerance” Immigration Policy implemented.
On his first 100 days in office, after January 20, 2021, Biden is expected to tackle the following key immigration policy areas:
- Immigration Reform and DACA:
According to Biden’s website, the president-elect is set to send a bill to Congress that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally along with DACA and TPS recipients.
- Asylum Seekers:
The amount of refugee admission to the country has lowered since the POTUS took office in 2017. Biden may or may not raise that number.
- Travel Ban
On January 27, 2017, president Trump signed an executive order that banned so called “Muslim countries” to enter the US for 90 days. Biden plans to overturn this travel ban on his first 100 days in office.
- Border Wall
According to Biden’s plan, he will halt the construction of the border wall and unite the families that were separated in the border.
- Trump’s Pandemic Restrictions
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration implemented entering restrictions to the country, as well as individuals who are skilled workers with H-1B visas and people seeking permanent residence.