From the March 2021 Roanoke Bar Review article by Rachel Thompson, Esq.
How has President Biden changed immigration? I’ve been asked that question dozens of times by family and friends. Immigration has been such a hot topic during the 2016 and 2020 elections and many individuals are curious about what has changed between the previous administration and the current one. The reality is that most of the significant changes that affect an immigration attorney’s day-to-day practice cannot be explained in an elevator speech or bullet list. This is not specific to the most recent administration change, but every time there is a change of presidency. I’ve now practiced under three different administrations and each new presidency brings with it a sea of change, and President Biden’s short time in office has proven to be no exception.
Some quantifiable changes under the Biden administration (and the answer to the question I believe most people are looking for) include the following:
- It reaffirmed Deferred Action with Childhood Arrivals (DACA): new applications for DACA were suspended during the majority of the previous administration
- It put a moratorium on deportations: certain deportations were banned for 100 days but it has since been enjoined by a Texas District Court
- It lifted travel bans: certain Muslim-majority and African nations are no longer barred from entry into the U.S.
- It protected asylum seekers: the Migrant Protection Program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their hearing was suspended.
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