Biden’s recent win of the U.S. presidency, although hopeful, only gives immigration reform a 50-50 chance of being addressed under the next administration. Even if the Democrats secure 2 additional seats in the Senate at the January run-off, the 50-50 Democrat vs. Republican stance in the Senate would not give the Democrats any leeway to effect real immigration reform without the cooperation of at least 10 Republican senators. Does anyone remember the Gang of Eight? That was the group of bipartisan senators who failed to convince their colleagues to pass immigration reform under the Obama administration. Does anyone remember who was the Vice President then? The now President-Elect Biden. With a polarized nation and a senate, it will be difficult to pass any type of legislation in the coming months or years, not to mention immigration reform.
What can we hope for under a Biden administration? If it resembles anything like an Obama administration, we may be looking at mixed reviews on immigration. A Biden administration tough on enforcement and unable to pass new immigration legislation will only leave room for policy action in the Department of Justice, USCIS and Border Control. It will also leave room for action to reverse Trump’s most controversial executive orders like the Muslim travel ban and reverse policies regarding the separation of migrant children from their parents.
What does Biden say he will do? Biden says he will reinstate DACA, Obama’s protection plan for almost $1 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. He also says he will reverse the Muslim and African continent travel bans. The President-Elect has also promised to raise the number of refugees allowed to apply for status in the U.S. That number is down to 18,000 from the 45,000 in 2018. What about the migrant children separated from their parents? Well, he says he will get to work on that too. That is a tall order. Let’s see what he can do.
Congratulations and good luck Mr. President-Elect Biden. We look forward to seeing you get to work in your first 100 days as President of the United States of America.
By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor