The Trump administration has, without a doubt, wreaked an impressive degree of havoc upon the U.S. immigration system. Annual visa caps have lowered, fees have increased, programs have almost disappeared, and policies have changed many times over in a very short amount of time.
This tumultuousness may soon come to an end. If Joe Biden takes office in January, what might he do for those seeking a better life in the United States? In general, he has promised to undo nearly every move Trump made regarding immigration during his term.
Let’s take a look at some of the promises Biden has made regarding immigration.
1. Stop the Construction of the Border Wall
Via executive order, Trump has diverted funds from the Department of Defense to finance the border wall he promised to his support base. Biden, however, intends to stop the construction of the wall as soon as he takes office.
2. End the Muslim Travel Ban
Also via executive order, Trump established a travel ban that largely restricted travel from predominately Muslim countries. Biden plans to not only end this ban but also support legislation that prevents future politicians from establishing similarly prejudiced bans.
3. Reinstate DACA
The Trump administration tried to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Fortunately, the Supreme Court struck down the attempt in June. Nevertheless, the Department of Homeland Security almost immediately decided to reject initial requests for DACA. Biden has promised to restore DACA to its original operations, as well as push through legislation that establishes a path to permanent residence (and, therefore, citizenship) for DACA recipients.
4. Improve Asylum
Although Trump ended the policy that allowed for the separation of asylum-seeking families at the border, hundreds of children still have not found their parents. Biden has said he plans to establish a task force to help these families. He also wants to stop the metering of asylum-seekers, as well as the “remain in Mexico” policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their appointments.
Navigating an Uncertain Future
Unfortunately, many of the biggest changes may depend on a similarly inclined Senate. Biden may be able to end many of Trump’s policies the same way he created them: via executive order. A path to citizenship for DACA recipients and undocumented immigrations, however, will require legislation, and legislation will require congressional support.
If you are concerned about your future as an immigrant due to the United States’ unstable political circumstances, let Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. provide the security and guidance you need and deserve. We had already been practicing immigration law for 50 collective years before President Trump took office, and the challenges of the last four years have only inspired us to fight harder. Let our experienced attorneys strengthen your case and help restore your confidence in the future.