Since taking office last month President Joe Biden has now signed 42 executive actions, 25 of those being executive orders. Today he will add three more to his growing list, with all three tackling the issue of illegal immigration (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-immigration-orders-trump-era-policies). These new orders will rollback or alter several immigration policies from the previous administration.
The first executive order will create a task force focused on reuniting families that had been separated during the “zero tolerance” policy that was ended by the Trump administration back in 2018. A senior advisor said, "It was a moral failure and a national shame that the prior administration used family separation as a weapon against desperate families and children."
The second executive order will establish a three-part plan focused on addressing “irregular migration”. The U.S. will collaborate with other countries to take on factors that lead to mass migrations north. It will also require the Department of Homeland Security to review Migrant Protection Protocols that keep migrants in Mexico while they are having their immigration hearings. Biden has previously promised to end the program altogether.
The final executive order will handle legal immigration policies so that the process can be streamlined for asylum seekers. It will also review previous Trump era immigration policies for legal migrants.
In addition to these three orders President Biden has already halted construction on the southern border wall, strengthened DACA, and lifted travel restrictions. He has also issued a 100 day pause on deportations. Former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said, "With another stroke of a pen Biden is doubling down on his open border strategies, encouraging illegal migration, and creating the next crisis to reach our borders. Within two weeks of this new administration our borders are less secure, our country less safe, and the mission of our front line personnel has become more dangerous." Will these changes to immigration help the U.S. going forward or will we begin seeing negative consequences sooner than later?
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