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How Has President Biden Changed Immigration?

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Feb 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented.
Among the immediate changes are:
• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place.
• Deportationswere 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.
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.
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.

If you have friends or relatives who are seeking to legalize, please tell them this:
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.

About the Author

Irena Mykyta

 In 2014, Irena founded her own law firm in order to provide clients with more individualized attention, - something she always dreamed about when she worked as a judicial clerk at the New York State Supreme Court and as an associate at a prominent New York law firm. Her firm's focus on a few cor...


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