The past 1392 days of the Trump regime have seen over 400 changes to immigration rules and policies in the United States. This staggering figure does not include the numerous Board of Immigration Appeals decisions that have all but gutted U.S. asylum law.
When Joe Biden becomes our President in January 2021 many of these changes, such as the assault to DACA and the Muslim ban, can be withdrawn through executive order. However, other changes such as Federal Regulations have gone through a formal rule making process and will take a bit more time to undo. Jose Biden and Kamala Harris have signaled that immigration reform is among their priorities during their first 100 days. NPR reports as follows:
Biden has said that on his first day as president he will produce comprehensive immigration legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship for 11 million migrants living in the U.S. illegally.
It would also provide a pathway to citizenship for people commonly known as DREAMers, who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Biden has additionally pledged to make the DACA program permanent on his first day in office, a move that comes after years of Trump administration attempts to rescind the program.
Stop family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border
The president-elect has vowed to stop the practice of separating immigrant families trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico. On Day 1 as president, Biden has said he plans to pass an executive order establishing a task force focused on reuniting children and parents separated at the border.
Immigration: End Trump’s executive order banning travelers from some Muslim-majority countries
Biden says he will “immediately rescind” current restrictions that bar people in some Muslim-majority countries from traveling or immigrating to the United States. He supports legislation that would outlaw such restrictions and has vowed to sign off on it as president.
What Biden says he’ll do during his first 100 days
Immigration: Reverse a slew of Trump policies, including the construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall
Within the first 100 days of his administration, Biden says he wants to reform the U.S. asylum system and the treatment of people at the border with Mexico, specifically calling for a stop to the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols as well as to the policy of “metering” asylum cases.
The president-elect also pledges to take away funding toward continued construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border. But Biden says he wouldn’t take down parts of the wall that have already been built.
The president-elect’s immigration plan also would increase government supervision over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as Customs and Border Protection, calling for the need to hold personnel “accountable for inhumane treatment.” This comes as a whistleblower complaint was filed in September concerning medical conditions at a Georgia immigrant detention center.
I look forward to practicing immigration law under the Biden administration and hope that we can return to a time of fairness, transparency and protecting the rights of immigrants.