President Biden has big plans on immigrant reform.
On his first day in office, Biden signed 17 executive orders, some of them reversing Trump’s previous immigration policies, including:
- DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
- Census 2020
- Border Wall
- Liberian refugees
- Travel Ban
- Halting of deportations
- Reuniting families who were separated
DACA & TPS
First the president overturned the ending of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This executive order calls for Congress to pass legislation to provide temporary status and a path to citizenship. The White House website reads “ The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall take all actions he deems appropriate, consistent with applicable law, to preserve and fortify DACA.”
Border Wall, Census 2020 and more
The president also signed other orders including halting the construction of the border wall. The wall was one of Trump’s main goals as a president, but as of September 2020, 321 miles of border wall were implemented. The Trump administration decided not to include non-citizens to be counted for the census 2020, something president Biden reversed in his executive orders. Since 1991 the U.S. provided a refugee for Liberians looking for safety, now Biden signed an order to stop the deportation for these refugees. At the beginning of Trump’s administration he implemented the so called Muslim ban, which banned people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
According to the White House website the president’s orders are described as; “The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety… My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities.”
Starting today, the president will probably take immigration reform piece by piece, meaning the laws will be passed in smaller packages, one by one. However, it’s just a matter of waiting to see what applies to the immigration community while Congress makes a decision on the president’s executive actions.
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