Monday, September 14, 2020

Biden Pledges To Dismantle Trump's Sweeping Immigration Changes — But Can He Do That?




For those hoping for immigration relief from the Trump administration measures in a Biden administration, this NPR story is sobering indeed.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has pledged to dismantle the sweeping changes President Trump has made to the U.S.immigration system, if he wins the White House in November.

Informed observers, however, claim that that's easier said than done.  

"I don't think it's realistic that Biden in four years could unroll everything that Trump did," says Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

"Because of the intense volume and pace of changes the Trump administration enacted while in office, even if we have a new administration, Trump will continue to have had an impact on immigration for years to come," Pierce says.

The Trump administration has undertaken more than 400 executive actions on immigration, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Those include tougher border and interior enforcement, restricting asylum, rolling back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), slashing refugee visas, streamlining immigration courts, and creating Remain in Mexico.  And please do not forget family separation, the U.S./Mexico border wall, ending TPS for Salvadorans, Haitians, and others from the developing world, restricting relief from removal, and more.

"What the administration has sought to do is to simply turn off immigration and to do it unilaterally by presidential edict, without the approval of Congress or the consent of the American people," says Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "That project should be reversed."


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