TSR Politics: President Joe Biden continues to reverse the effects of the Trump era by making major moves that rectify the consequences of Trump’s immigration policies.
This includes establishing a task force designed to reunite families that were separated at the US-Mexico border, according to CNN. Biden just signed three executive orders that build upon the actions taken in his first days in office and begin to provide a clearer picture of his administration’s immigration priorities.
“I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden said at the White House. “This is about how America’s safer, stronger, more prosperous when we have a fair, orderly, and humane legal immigration system.”
But just so y’all are aware, the orders signed Tuesday largely direct reviews of current policies and do not have an immediate impact, with the exception of the task force.
Alida Garcia, vice president of advocacy at FWD.us, told CNN she was excited about Tuesday’s announcements, but she noted that there’s also “frustration around the urgency that exists for service providers to have clarity in their ability to advise people in life or death situations.”
“We hope to hear more hard logistics soon,” Garcia added.
Hours into his presidency, Biden moved to swiftly undo many Trump administration policies in a series of executive actions and he sent an immigration bill to Congress. But his administration has already faced legal hurdles in implementing those policies.
Last week, for example, a federal judge temporarily blocked Biden’s 100-day pause on deportations.
But as far as the task force goes, it appears Biden is sticking to his word. During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to set up a task force focused on identifying and reunifying families separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy.
The task force will be chaired by the Department of Homeland Security secretary and work across the US government, along with partners, to find parents separated from their children. Each case will be examined on an individual basis to determine the next steps.
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