In his first days in office, President Joe Biden wasted no time in addressing immigration reform through a series of executive orders. Taking a sharp departure from the policies of his predecessor, the new president aims to bring about sweeping changes to the immigration system in the United States.
One of the key executive orders signed by President Biden is the creation of a task force to reunite families who were separated at the border during the Trump administration. The task force will work to identify and reunite families who were separated under the “zero tolerance” policy that was implemented in 2018. This move reflects President Biden’s commitment to righting the wrongs of the past and ensuring that families are kept together.
Another significant executive order signed by President Biden tackles the issue of immigration detention. The order calls for a review of the current immigration detention system and directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop a more humane and effective approach to managing the detention of immigrants. This signals a clear shift away from the harsh and punitive approach taken by the previous administration.
Additionally, President Biden has also ordered a review of the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed. This review is likely to lead to the dismantling of the policy, allowing asylum seekers to await their immigration court dates within the United States.
In conjunction with these executive orders, President Biden has also put forth a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress. The bill, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, seeks to provide pathways to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and farmworkers. The bill also aims to address the root causes of migration and modernize the immigration system to better meet the needs of the nation.
President Biden’s swift and decisive actions on immigration reform reflect his commitment to upholding America’s values as a nation of immigrants. By prioritizing the reunification of separated families, overhauling the immigration detention system, and proposing a path to citizenship for millions, the new administration is working to restore dignity and humanity to the immigration system.
The executive orders and immigration reform bill put forth by President Biden are sure to face significant challenges in Congress. However, the administration’s proactive approach to addressing immigration reform demonstrates a willingness to tackle the complex and contentious issue head-on. With these bold moves, President Biden has made it clear that immigration reform is a top priority for his administration, and he is dedicated to bringing about positive change in the nation’s immigration system.