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Taking a look at Biden's first year at immigration

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Taking a look at Biden's first year at immigration

U.S. President Joe Biden’s time in office has brought about significant reform to immigration policy, his first year in office culminating in more than 200 executive actions on immigration as of the day before the first anniversary of his inauguration.

The Biden administration’s approach to immigration policy change was characterized by its haste to undo many of the previous administration's actions, which prioritized removal of undocumented immigrants, the construction and fortification of a southern border wall

Biden’s administration carried out 296 executive actions on immigration as of January 19, compared to the Trump administration’s 86 executive actions during its first year and 472 over its entire term, according to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

MPI said that Biden’s first-day action of sending Congress a framework for a “comprehensive immigration reform bill” was the “most ambitious of any president in a generation”.

But experts say the immediacy of these initial changes resulted in a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In its analysis of the Biden administration’s first 100 days in immigration policy change, the Center for Immigration Studies said that the Biden administration “created enormous pull factors that are encouraging illegal aliens — single adults, family units (FMUs), and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) — to surge across the border in record numbers.”

“President Biden swiftly issued a series of executive orders that undid Trump administration policies, ranging from canceling the building of a wall at the southern border (which Biden voted to authorize as a senator) to eliminating various programs that streamlined the asylum process by discouraging aliens from filing fraudulent, frivolous, and otherwise nonmeritorious claims as a precursor to being released into the interior of the country.”


Still, the Biden administration hasn’t delivered on many of its promises, a setback that has drawn criticism from reform advocates. Many cite the continued use of Title 42, a set of rapid deportation protocols instated by the Trump administration, as an instance of Biden’s campaign promises falling through.

A January report from the MPI found that much of Trump-era immigration reform may have lasting impacts on U.S. immigration policy.

If you have any questions regarding your immigration status, or entry into the United States, reach out to Ibrahim Law Office today to schedule a consultation.

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