Biden signs 3 executive orders advancing immigration reform agenda
President Cancels Several Donald Trump Executive Orders Tightening Immigration Policy
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on US immigration policy. The changes affected the procedure for granting asylum at the border of the United States and Mexico, some rules of legal immigration and the policy of family reunification of illegal immigrants.
One of the decrees signed today by Biden calls for a review of the Migrant Protection Protocol, a program put in place by the Trump administration. New rules for accepting applications for asylum have forced more than 65 thousand illegal immigrants to return to Mexico who are in border cities awaiting court hearings to confirm their status..
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The Biden administration has already stopped accepting new entrants to the program, but the president has not yet said how the applications of people who are awaiting an immigration court hearing while in Mexico will be processed..
Another decree concerns one of the rules of legal immigration adopted by the Trump administration and designed to make it difficult for low-income immigrants to obtain permanent residence in the United States. We are talking about the so-called rule of “public care”, according to which immigrants who used social benefits and benefits may be refused to renew their green card.
This requirement will be canceled, according to two sources familiar with Biden’s plans..
In another decree, Biden announced the creation of a working group that will facilitate the reunification of the families of illegal migrants who were separated from each other during illegal border crossings. The group will be chaired by Alejandro Mallorcas, just approved by the Minister of Homeland Security. Special visas or other forms of immigration assistance are expected to be issued to reunite separated children and parents.
Commenting on today’s signing of the decrees, Biden explained to journalists the reason for his signing a huge number of decrees in the early days of his presidency. Thus, according to Biden, he seeks to eliminate as quickly as possible the “bad policies” pursued by the previous administration. Biden said that “the previous US president issued decrees that, in my opinion, were very counterproductive for our security, for our country, especially in the area of immigration.”.
“When we have a fair, orderly and humane legal immigration system, America will become safer, stronger and richer … And today we begin to work to eliminate the moral and national shame of the previous administration, which literally, not figuratively speaking , snatched children out of the hands of … their mothers and fathers at the border, and without any plan to reunite children in need of care and their parents, “Biden said.
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