President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday aimed toward reforming the U.S. immigration system and rolling back his predecessor's policies, including creating a task force aimed toward reuniting children who American authorities separated from their families on the border.
He said, "I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy."Chaired by the Homeland Security secretary, the task force will work to spot all families broken apart under the varied sorts of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy," which separated children from relatives at the U.S. border, even before it became a politician policy, a senior Biden administration official said.The task force, which can be vice-chaired by the secretaries of state and health and human services, would manage family reunifications on a case-by-case basis, making different immigration benefit determinations for various families, the official said."There's nobody solution fits all," the official said. "It are going to be a private assessment."
Biden also signed another order that directs his administration to deal with the basis causes of migration from Central America and have the secretary of Homeland Security review the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols program, under which asylum seekers within the us are sent to Mexico to attend for court appearances north of the border.
That executive order and a 3rd one begin a review of more restrictive immigration policies enacted by the Trump administration and "restore the U.S. asylum system," including by streamlining the naturalization process and putting the White House at the middle of "coordinating the federal government's strategy to market immigrant integration and inclusion," the White House said.
The Trump administration's aggressive immigration agenda wasn't limited to the southern border and neither were Biden's planned policy reversals.The third order involves a review of the "public charge" rule former President Donald Trump tried to use to limit poor immigrants from coming to the us legally, consistent with the White House. The rule prevents those using public benefits from receiving green cards; the Trump administration expanded the list of public entitlement programs that qualified, to incorporate housing benefits and food stamps.
As a presidential candidate, Biden pledged to reverse many of his predecessor's restrictive immigration policies. On his first day in office, he ended Trump's ban on migration from variety of Muslim-majority and African countries.
The rollout of those immigration actions had been pushed back when the Senate delayed a confirmation vote for Biden's pick for Homeland Security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the White House said last week. The Senate confirmed his nomination Tuesday with a vote of 56-43 and Mayorkas was with Biden and vice chairman Kamala Harris within the Oval Office when the president signed the three executive orders.
Over 4,000 families were separated under Trump's family separation policy, she said."The hope is that we discover of these parents which these families are reunified," Caron said.Justice In Motion, the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocates are pressing Biden to increase status to the affected families and have the reunifications happen on U.S. soil.
"Hopefully the chief order doesn't limit the task force mandate to supply full relief for all the families, but beyond that, it is important that the task force take immediate action," Lee Gelernt, the ACLU's top lawyer on its family reunification lawsuit, told ABC News. "We aren't oblivious to the scope of what the Biden administration has inherited, but where little kids are involved, we'd like the new administration to act concretely and immediately to avoid further harm."
"We're just at the start of this stage," Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said of concerns about the progress of family reunifications."I'm looking forward to more specifics on objectives, goals, timelines and methods," he said. "And also looking forward to working with them to accomplish it during a way which will bring healing to the youngsters and families that are essentially tortured."