On Tuesday, President Biden signed three executive orders related to immigration targeting reversal of certain policies enacted by the previous administration. The executive actions may not have an immediate impact on existing immigration policies, but instead creates the ability to study how to properly undo actions many considered anti-immigrant. One of the executive orders addresses the forced family separation policy and how to reunite those families, another will examine the asylum process and the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy, and the remaining order removes a possible penalty for some family sponsors and will examine other legal immigration policies, including the public charge rule.
The White House released a face sheet regarding the immigration executive actions. They can be seen here.
Undoing some of the immigration policies of the previous administration will take time and careful consideration, something acknowledged by the executive actions. The order addressing the Trump administration policy of separating families establishes a task force to reunite hundreds of impacted families. The task force will examine many ways to reunite those families and make recommendations to the appropriate federal agencies. The order examining the southern border and the Migrant Protection Protocols program will also not immediately undo the actions of the previous administration as doing so could create additional chaos. The order addressing legal immigration is similar, with the goal of reviewing the public charge rule and naturalization process to make sure “the legal immigration system operates fairly and efficiently.”
While these actions will not have an immediate effect on immigration, they do show how the Biden administration will approach immigration. In addition to the executive orders, President Biden announced yesterday that the number of refugees admitted to the United States will increase from 15,000 to 125,000, a number above the caps of the final year of the Obama administration. Overall, it is expected that the Biden administration will favor policies much more beneficial to immigrants to the United States.
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