The American president Joe Biden signed the second cluster of orders to undo the bad immigration policies proceeded by his predecessor. He takes the step further by showing the powers of the White House and its limitations without seeking support from Congress.
He has undone the orders regarding immigration policies on family separation, border security, and legal immigration that bring to nine the number of executive actions during his first two weeks in the White House. He has processed to give legal rights and follow-up methods to citizenship to all of the estimated 11 million people in the country who don’t have that pass. Biden spends no time in reforming the changes that had put a stop to immigrant rights proposed by the previous President Donald Trump. He is looking into both legal and illegal and established a reputation that can secure his long-lasting tenure with the assembled support from Congress with different opinions.
The last batch of orders he proposed have put light on immediate changes, though White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden has more plans in the future and the shifts of orders will take time.
“I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden said during a signing ceremony without taking questions.
Alejandro Mayorkas, who was recently nominated as Homeland Security secretary was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate, will release a task force on family separation that will concentrate basically on reuniting parents and children who remain apart due to the immigrant law. Currently, they have an estimated number of how many families they gave to work on, but about 5,500 children have been identified in court documents who have claimed to be separated during Trump’s presidency, including about 600 whose parents have yet to be found.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is focusing on reuniting families, has asked the administration for legal status in the United States for families that have still remained separated. It has structured a financial compensation for those families and attorneys at government expense.
ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said he would be “extremely disappointed” if the task force closes which will compromise the scope to helping find parents of the remaining 600 children.
The White House said it will also do a “top-to-bottom review of recent regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to our legal immigration system.” It will include a revision of Trump’s “public charge rule,” which makes it more difficult for people who use government benefits to obtain green cards.
Esther Olavarria, deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council for immigration, said at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting that an executive order has been issued for “restoring sanity at the U.S.-Mexico border” would end the “Remain in Mexico” policy and agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for the U.S. to deter asylum applicants and instead send them to those Central American countries.