On his first day in office, President Biden signed a series of executive orders directed at reversing Trump’s immigration policies and sent an immigration reform bill to Congress. Among the executive orders, President Biden directed his acting Homeland Security Secretary to rescind some existing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies, to adjust priorities for deportation, and to institute a 100-day “pause” on most deportations. The current immigration reform plan also proposes a pathway to citizenship to qualifying immigrants, DACA recipients, and those holding Temporary Protected Status and H-2A status. Subsequent executive orders have rescinded the bigoted “Muslim Ban” and ordered the reunification of families separated at the border under the Trump Administration.
Safe Passage Project applauds these efforts. Though these initial executive orders will have limited immediate impact on the young people we currently serve, we look forward with hope that our country will embrace the best version of itself and welcome immigrants, in sharp contrast to the last four years.
Safe Passage Project will continue to advocate on the behalf of our clients, representing them zealously against deportations and working with local, state, and federal leaders, and calling for more policy changes.
Read more about these executive orders as well as Biden’s immigration plan below:
- Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities
- Press release on the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been comprehensively tracking the various Executive Orders, personnel changes, and legislative efforts as well:
First 100 Days of the Biden Administration
We are grateful for your continued partnership and look forward to keeping you updated on changes that may impact the clients we serve.