Sunday, February 28, 2021

Brookings Institution: Biden's Immigration Reset


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In "Biden’s immigration reset", John Hudak and Christine Stenglein for the Brookings Institution consider the  efforts of the Biden administration to reshape immigration law and policy.  They note that, to this point, 

"Executive action served Mr. Trump fairly well in advancing his policy views, and Mr. Biden has taken the same approach. These executive actions—executive memoranda, presidential proclamations, and executive orders—fall into three basic categories: border/entry policy, interior enforcement, bureaucratic organization."

The report looks at President Biden's changes to

Border/entry policy

Interior enforcement

Bureaucratic reorganization

To this point, the changes are incremental in nature and basically limited to scaling back the excesses of Trump immigration policy:

"These early executive actions are fundamentally reactive and restricted to the powers the president can wield without Congress. Those actions also institute policies that last only as long as the president in power desires. What they cannot do is make the overall immigration system fair, efficient, responsive to labor market demand, and reflective of the majority of Americans’ values. Th[e] White House and congressional Democrats introduced the first major comprehensive immigration reform bill since 2013. In the last 20 years, two of these efforts have failed. But the alternative to legislating this issue is a status quo that at best keeps immigrants in a state of uncertainty and misses the opportunity to design a functioning system for 21st-century reality."


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