Six innovations immigrants should expect from President Biden
After moving to the White House, Joe Biden is likely to look to reverse much of President Donald Trump's immigration legacy and move forward with his own agenda. More about the expected changes in immigration policy, said the publication Reuters.
While some of the Trump administration’s measures could be quickly reversed, others could take months or years to reverse.
Here's What to Expect from Biden in Six Key Areas of Immigration Policy
1. Immigration reform and "dreamers"
Biden plans to send an immigration bill to Congress on his first day in office in January. The document will provide for the possibility of obtaining citizenship for about 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally, said a representative of his headquarters.
The bill will also consider the status of the so-called "dreamers", illegal immigrants brought to the United States by children. Under the DACA program, introduced by President Barack Obama, approximately 644 "dreamers" receive protection from deportation and the right to work in the country.
Trump tried to end DACAbut the US Supreme Court ruled that its administration failed to comply with due process.
Biden's immigration reform bill will also include a path to citizenship for more than 400 people covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
2. Ban on entry
On the first day of his presidency, Biden intends to cancel Trump's ban on travelers from 13 countries, most of which are Muslim or African.
Shortly after taking office in 2017, Trump issued an executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The administration revised the decree several times amid litigation, and ultimately the Supreme Court upheld it in 2018. Countries with travel restrictions have changed over the years.
The ban could be easily reversed, political experts say, as it works on the basis of a presidential decree that can be reversed by a new decree, but lawsuits from conservatives could delay the process.
3. Pandemic restrictions
Trump imposed a series of drastic restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic that prevented some legal immigrants and travelers from entering the United States.
The measures include travel bans that block the entry of many people from Brazil, China, Europe and Iran to prevent the spread of the virus. Trump has also banned entry to some immigrants seeking permanent residence and temporary foreign workers, including some skilled a worker with H-1B visas, stating that he needs to protect American jobs.
In October federal Judge Blocked Trump's Ban on Temporary Foreign Workers in relation to hundreds of thousands of enterprises.
While Biden criticized some of these restrictions, he did not say he would immediately lift them. A spokesman for Biden's headquarters said the future president will turn to health officials for advice on closing the borders in connection with the pandemic.
4. Skilled foreign workers
In October, the Trump administration finalized a pair of regulations that are likely to restrict the use of skilled foreign workers by U.S. companies, especially in the tech industry.
The regulations significantly increase the minimum wages that companies must pay to workers participating in the program. The rules also narrow down the definition of “professionals” who are eligible for a visa.
Biden didn’t say if he’ll lift the action if elected, but his campaign website says he will work with Congress to reform the H-1B visa program so that visas “are consistent with the job market and not used to lower wages.” ...
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After that, Biden will support an increase in the number of visas for highly qualified professionals, the website says.
Biden said he would raise the annual refugee admission limit to 125, but did not say how quickly that would happen.
Trump has drastically curtailed refugee admissions, and in September his administration announced that no more than 2021 refugees would be allowed in FY15.
Refugee advocates warn that it could take years to recover the flow of refugees ready to go to the United States.
In late October, Biden said he would "immediately" provide humanitarian protection to Venezuelans residing in the United States, allowing them to remain in the country and obtain work permits. He referred to the economic difficulties in that country under the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
6. USA-Mexico border
Biden's immigration plan will end the Pentagon's diversion of funds to building a wall on the mexico-american border and will instead invest in infrastructure checks at ports of entry.
In August, he said he would not demolish sections of the border wall built under Trump, but would halt further construction.
Biden has pledged to end Trump's restrictive asylum policies, starting with a program known as "stay in Mexico." Under a program formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, immigrants are forced to wait in Mexico for a timetable before the US Immigration Court.
During the October 22 presidential debate, Biden criticized the program, saying that as a result, migrants "sit in poverty" on the other side of the Rio Grande that separates the United States and Mexico.
Biden said he will prioritize the reunification of all immigrant children separated from their families in line with Trump administration policies.
As of October 20, lawyers and nonprofits seeking to reunite families torn apart at the US-Mexico border by the Trump administration have been unable to locate the parents of 545 children.
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