President-elect Biden’s Immigration Policy

On November 7th, four tumultuous days after Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden was named the president-elect. A new president brings forward a new administration and an opportunity for changes in the law. While the current pandemic and the collateral economic crisis have been the main focus of conversation, immigration remains a dicey matter.

During the last presidential debate on October 23rd, Biden vowed to get legislation passed within his first 100 days as president offering a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States after the Obama administration failed to pass the comprehensive immigration legislation that Obama assured as a candidate.

Biden also promised to make permanent temporary deportation protections for thousands of undocumented DREAMers, young adults brought by their parents and raised in the U.S. since childhood. He pledged to reinstate the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program, which currently under the Trump administration only allows for renewals.

President-elect Joe Biden criticized President Trump’s asylum seeking system of having applicants live in crime-ridden towns south of the U.S. border surrounded by violence and drug cartels. Trump defended his structure by stating that less than 1% actually appear at their court date and most have to be extracted by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, when allowed to stay in the U.S. while they await their court date.

Although Biden’s campaign platform aspires for an easier immigration process, it is no guarantee with a conservative leaning Supreme Court and a divided congress. Biden can unwind many of Trump’s policies via executive order but a long term immigration reform will depend on Congress. President-elect Biden faces a rough road ahead as President Trump has yet to concede and has continued to file lawsuits demanding the recounting of votes in key states.

As the future of the nation remains uncertain, the state of Georgia faces two senate runoff elections set for early January, which will determine control of the senate. Despite various unknowns, individuals continue to make tough decisions regarding their immigration status as deadlines approach. Legal counsel allows one to remain well informed and versed when preparing for court or filing a petition. The Presti Law Firm is ready to take on any changes in legislation and assist clients through the process.