An Overview of President Biden’s Effect on Immigration

President Joseph R. Biden wasted no time getting to work to revamp the American immigration system. On January 20, 2021, immediately following the inauguration ceremony, Biden issued multiple orders intended to rework immigration policies and procedures. These changes will effectively impact the future of multiple migrant groups.

Asylum Seekers

Biden has suspended enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols, which kept individuals seeking asylum waiting in Mexico. At this point, there are no clear guidelines for how cases at the United States’ southern border will be handled moving forward.


President Biden quickly ensured that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was protected. Under Biden’s orders, DACA will remain in place.

Deferred Enforced Departure

The administration extended protection for Liberian nationals under Deferred Enforced Departure. This protection now lasts until June 30, 2022.


President Biden ordered for deportations to be temporarily suspended. The pause began on January 22, 2021 and will last for 100 days. The administration intends to use this time to create and adopt new enforcement policies.

Not every person facing deportation is protected under this pause. Our attorneys will help you understand how this pause affects you.

Travel Bans

Biden revoked the Trump travel bans that barred entry for nationals of Muslim-majority countries. This restores the ability of individuals from the following places to visit the United States:

  • Burma
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Libya
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

When Will Change Occur?

Change will likely not be immediate. While Biden has been persistent in his proposals for extensive immigration reform, his initiatives rely on Congress support. It’s difficult to predict when significant change will occur.

If you have questions about how President Biden’s new orders and proposed bills could affect your stay in the United States, contact Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. We will perform a thorough review of your case and help you understand the impacts new laws could have as the situation develops. Call us at (888) 491-8770 to get started.