On February 2, 2021, President Biden issued three Executive Orders that begin the process of reforming and restoring integrity to the United States’ immigration system. In addition, the White House released a Fact Sheet outlining the Biden Administration’s comprehensive immigration agenda, which includes sending to Congress legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants. WR provides readers and clients with the following summary of President Biden’s three newest Executive Orders below.
This comprehensive and broad Executive Order outlines policy initiatives to support and encourage legal immigration to the United States. The order reinforces the Biden Administration’s view that immigrants are essential to who we are as a nation and critical to our aspirations for the future. The Executive Order outlines the following executive measures to streamline immigration processes and support immigrants seeking to obtain green cards and U.S. citizenship.
- Promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship as policy goals of the federal government and elevate the role of the White House in coordinating these initiatives;
- Establish a “Task Force on New Americans” to ensure legal immigration system operates fairly and efficiently;
- Require federal agencies to conduct a top-to-bottom review of recent regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to our legal immigration system;
- Rescind President Trump’s memorandum requiring family sponsors to repay the government if relatives received public benefits;
- Instruct the federal agencies to review the public charge rule and related policies and streamline the naturalization process.
Executive Order on Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border
President Biden’s second Executive Order aims to support and protect U.S. asylum seekers, as well as address the corruption, violence, and endemic poverty causing mass migration at the United States Southern Border. The Secretary of Homeland Security is also directed to review the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program to ensure a humane system and legal recourse for migrants and asylum seekers.
President Biden’s third Executive Order aims to unite several hundred families that remain separated under former President Donald J. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on migration. This task force will work across the U.S. government, with key stakeholders and representatives of impacted families, and with partners across the hemisphere to find parents and children separated by the Trump Administration.