Joe Biden orders to undo Trump immigration policies

Washington: US President Joe Biden has signed three executive orders to address concerns over the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including one to reunite migrant families separated at the southern border under the previous administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

“I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden said during a brief signing ceremony on Tuesday evening at the White House.

“We are going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families,” he said.

Joe Biden task force to reunite migrant families:

Biden announced he will create a task force to reunite migrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border by Trump’s 2018zero toleranceborder strategy.

About 5,500 children have been identified in court documents as having been separated from their parents during Trump’s presidency, including about 600 whose parents have yet to be found by a court-appointed committee.

Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed as the new secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday, will lead the task force, focused largely on reuniting parents and children who remain apart.

Joe Biden orders to undo Trump immigration policies
Joe Biden orders to undo Trump immigration policies

Biden also ordered a review of border security, which includes a policy that made asylum seekers wait in Mexican border cities for hearings in US immigration court.

That is a step towards fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, known officially as the Migrant Protection Protocols, which enrolled nearly 70,000 asylum-seekers since it began in January 2019.

The White House had earlier said that Tuesday’s orders aim to do a “top-to-bottom review of recent regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to our legal immigration system”.

They will also include a review of Trump’s “public charge rule”, which makes it more difficult for people who use government benefits to obtain green cards.

With proposed legislation to give legal status and a path to citizenship to an estimated 11 million people in the country without documentation, Biden has quickly taken aim at many of Trump’s sweeping changes to deter immigration.

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