One central platform that newly elected President Joe Biden campaigned on is in the area of immigration reform. The last four years under President Trump have been especially difficult for immigrants, and President Biden has already started the enormous task of reversing many immigration policies through executive order. President Biden promises to modernize the U.S. immigration system and restore America's position as a nation of immigrants.
Biden's Executive Orders Related to Immigration
President Biden has already made quick use of the executive order in his first days in office. Executive orders don't in themselves make law, but under the Constitution, the President has the authority to control the enforcement of current laws. Through executive order, President Biden has already made several changes to immigration policy and enforcement, including:
- A 100-day moratorium on all deportations
- Establishing a task force to reunite families at the Mexican border
- Proclamation ending discriminatory bans such as the “Muslim travel ban”
- Establishing a framework to study the root causes of mass migration
These are just some of the executive orders already signed by President Biden. These are temporary measures, and sustained change in immigration law will not happen until Congress passes new immigration reform.
Biden's Immigration Reform Plan
President Biden has voiced strong support for a wide-ranging immigration reform proposal called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. This bill seeks to overhaul current immigration laws and provide a path to citizenship for undocumented non-citizens. Some of the important proposals in this plan include:
- An eight-year path to citizenship for all undocumented people living in the United States
- Raising the annual limit of diversity green cards
- Raising the annual limit of employment-based immigration
- Signing Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into law
These are just some of the key measures that will be debated relating to immigration. If you have questions about how President Biden's immigration policies may affect you, then you should seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney.
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