Monday, January 11, 2021
A new post in Immigration Impact by Emma Winger, a Staff Attorney with the American Immigration Counsel sets forth powerful arguments as to why immigrants with ties to the United States should be allowed to remain in the country and how the new administration can set out to accomplish this goal.
As the Biden administration readies to lead our nation's immigration system, what changes should it make to ensure a fair and humane immigration system, as President-elect Biden promised during his campaign? One priority, Winger argues, is to "issue designations" for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those countries that Trump "sought to terminate--El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan."
Protecting Dreamers, or those individuals who came to the United States as children, is another priority reform. This could be done by reinstating and/or expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Biden administration could also use prosecutorial discretion, something immigrationprof Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia has written about extensively, to protect lawful permanent residents and others from deportation. By setting enforcement priorities, the administration can take millions of immigrants out of living under a "constant threat of deportation."