Among the immediate changes are:
• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place.
• Deportations* were paused for 100 days (starting January 22), with some exceptions, and new enforcement policies will be adopted.
• Travel bans barring entry for nationals of certain Muslim-majority and African nations were revoked.
• Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols that keep asylum seekers waiting in Mexico were suspended — but it is unclear at this time how cases will be handled at the border.
* On Jan. 26, 2021, a federal district court in Texas temporarily stopped the government from implementing this100-day pause.
On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed 3 more executive orders on immigration, which are aimed at reuniting migrant children separated from their families, rebuilding the asylum system and restoring opportunities for foreign workers and students to enter the country. But these changes will not happen immediately, and President Biden's government is careful not to fling open the border until it has rebuilt an asylum and refugee system that can process potentially large influxes of people.
WILL CONGRESS PASS AN IMMIGRATION BILL?
Even though President Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill, at this time, Congress has not passed any immigration bill into law. This means that no broad legalization program has been adopted. Yet.
HOW QUICKLY WILL CHANGES OCCUR?
It will take time to implement the changes because policies, rules and laws must be put in place first.
If you think these policies affect you, contact me with your questions.
Until Congress passes an immigration bill and President Biden signs it into law, there are no new options for undocumented people to obtain legal status. Please be wary of individuals who tell you there are new options and attempt to solicit your business.