Biden Prepares Another Round of Executive Orders – Now Targeting Trump’s Immigration Policies
Joe Biden is not letting criticism over his use of executive power slow him down, with the administration now planning to roll out new orders that will undo some of Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies.
“President Biden’s strategy is centered on the basic premise that our country is safer, stronger, and more prosperous with a fair, safe and orderly immigration system that welcomes immigrants, keeps families together, and allows people—both newly arrived immigrants and people who have lived here for generations—to more fully contribute to our country,” the White House said in a statement.
From the Washington Examiner:
Former President Donald Trump spent four years putting the policies into place in an effort to deter migrant families from Central America from traveling to the border, where federal law enforcement does not have a way to detain thousands of people. Biden is asking his administration to look at ways to make it easier for migrants seeking admission while improving conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras so that fewer people seek to leave.
Part of the plan is to create a family unification task force, end the Trump-era policy of keeping asylum seekers in Mexico while their case makes its way through the legal system, establish a task force to better promote inclusion for immigrants, and roll back Trump’s “public charge” rule that denied visas for immigrants likely to need public assistance.
“The situation at the border will not transform overnight, due in large part to the damage done over the last four years,” the White House said. “But the president is committed to an approach that keeps our country safe, strong, and prosperous and that also aligns with our values.”
The directives comes as Biden has already signed more executive orders than Trump and former President Barack Obama combined during his first few weeks in office, drawing criticism from some who said Biden promised not to govern by executive authority.
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