Biden Expected to Sign Three Orders Today Reversing Trump-Era Immigration Policies
Today Biden is expected to put his executive order pen to work yet again, this time signing three orders reversing Trump-era immigration policies.
Most of the policies put in place by Trump were meant to curb illegal immigration into the United States and disincentivize migrants largely coming from Central America.
Biden’s first test will be a caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants heading north, currently in Guatemala, who are banking on the Biden administration to honor what they say are “commitments” made to them. The president’s messageto the caravan a couple of weeks ago was “don’t come now.”
Real convincing, Joe.
One order seeks to implement the creation of a task force that will deal with the reunification of migrants separated from family at the border during the Trump administration.
Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, eventually reversed by Trump due to backlash, ended the ability of adults being admitted to the U.S. when they claimed asylum while accompanying a child. Court orders prevented children from being detained for more than a couple of weeks, so they eventually had to be placed in some sort of care or given to U.S. relatives while the parents or guardians were deported.
The task force will find and locate the separated families and make recommendations to President Biden on legal next steps.
A second order to be signed will create a multi-part strategy to address the migration of caravans to our southern border. The proposed three-part strategy will focus on determining what the factors are that drive migrants north, including instability in their native countries, and will collaborate with those countries to address the issues.
The strategy also seeks to fulfill a Biden promise – ending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). These Trump-era protocols kept migrants on the Mexican side of the border while awaiting their immigration hearings. This rather successful protocol discouraged migrants from taking the dangerous journey to our southern border and also caused many to return to their countries after having to wait in Northern Mexico for their hearings.
Former acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner told Fox News, "By ending MPP, the key policy ending catch and release, the Biden administration is taking another significant step reinstating incentives for and loopholes to be exploited by migrants to enter our country illegally."
He added, "With another stroke of a pen Biden is doubling down on his open border strategies, encouraging illegal migration, and creating the next crisis to reach our borders. Within two weeks of this new administration our borders are less secure, our country less safe, and the mission of our front line personnel has become more dangerous."
The last order to be signed will seek to review Trump administration policies that dealt with legal immigration. It will pursue restructuring the process of naturalization and will evaluate the public charge rule which limited the distribution of green cards to immigrants believed to likely be reliant on welfare.
Of the record-breaking amount of more than 40 executive orders and actions authorized by Biden since taking office, several have been related to immigration.
On his first day in office, Biden ended the construction of the border wall, reversed travel restrictions on countries deemed to be a risk by the Trump administration, and reinforced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
He has also planned for a bill that will pave a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants and issued a 100-day moratorium on deportations, which is presently under a legal challenge.
Over a week ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) demanded the Biden administration clarify its 100-day moratorium on deportations amid fears that it does not exclude violent offenders.