America Last: The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days
KEY IMMIGRATION-RELATED ACTIONS
Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, the first 100 days of a president’s term has been seen as a measure of their policy priorities and willingness to use invaluable political capital. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made many immigration-related campaign promises during the presidential campaign, including stopping border wall construction and ramping up legal immigration. The following is a tracker of key actions taken in the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
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PRESIDENT BIDEN TAKES EXECUTIVE ACTION
On his first day, President Biden took six executive actions reversing or rescinding executive orders and policies issued by President Trump.
Restrict interior immigration enforcement. Biden signed an Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities revoking President Trump’s 2017 executive order stating that no class of illegal alien was exempt from enforcement.
End the travel ban. Allows travel by individuals from nations widely considered to be terrorist havens. The Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States revokes President Trump’s travel ban.
Stop Border Wall Construction. In addition, Biden ended President Trump’s national emergency declaration and ordered a review of the legality of Trump's order.
Strengthen Protection for DACA. The president instructed DHS and the U.S. attorney general to preserve the program.
Require Census Count Illegal Aliens. Biden rescinded the Trump Administration's order to exclude illegal aliens from the Census count for the purpose of congressional seat apportionment. This means that states with higher illegal aliens populations will benefit from more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and receive more Electoral College votes at the expense of states with smaller populations of illegal aliens.
Reinstate Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians. A memorandum signed by Biden reinstitutes protections from deportation to Liberians.
- DHS announced it would suspend all new enrollments in the MPP program.
- Acting DHS Secretary David Peroske signed a memorandum implementing a 100-day halt on “certain removals to enable focusing the Department’s resources where they are most needed.”
- President Biden sends to Congress an immigration bill that greatly expands legal immigration, including guest worker programs, and provides amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens while eviscerating immigration enforcement. The $4 billion bill would refocus border security funds on giving financial assistance to Central America and expanding refugee resettlement opportunities.
- Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson officially rescinds the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" memorandum.
- The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas to be DHS secretary by a vote of 56-43.
- President Biden signs three executive orders, which will:
Create a Task Force to Reunite Migrant Children and Parents
The task force aims to reunite adults and unaccompanied minors separated at the southern border. It is unclear whether the Biden administration will require reunification to occur in the United States and whether amnesty will be granted.
Study Causes of Central American Migration and Legal Immigration Programs
This executive order directs DHS to “examine” the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, and directs other agencies to review the Trump administration’s asylum rules and agreements.
Promote Legal Immigration and Integration of New Americans
The order re-establishes a Task Force on New Americans, and also requires agencies to review any recent regulatory or policy changes made. Most importantly, the order rescinds the public charge rule which requires potential immigrants to demonstrate they will not need government assistance.
- President Biden signed an executive order pledging to increase the number of refugee admissions to 125,000 annually for Fiscal Year 2022, and to increase it further on an annual basis.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans to delay a final rule issued by the Trump administration to reform the H-1B visa lottery system.
- DHS will begin phase one of a program to process the estimated 25,000 migrants who were required to “remain in Mexico” under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
- Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced.”