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Brief #109 – Immigration

By Kathryn Baron

Biden’s First Few Days in Office Address Immigration: Border Wall Funding Ceases and DACA is Reinstated

January 26, 2021

Policy Summary

Within President Biden’s first few days in office, he has signed two Executive Orders to begin mitigating and reversing the Trump Administration’s efforts to drastically alter immigration policies. First, Biden ended the national emergency declaration that effectively diverted $10 billion from the Defense Department towards Trump’s border wall. The proclamation also asserts that federal agencies must curate a plan of action within 60 days to redirect border wall funds.

Simultaneously, Biden issued another Executive Order calling on the Secretary of Homeland Security to take necessary measures in preserving and reinstating DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, signed under Barack Obama in 2012). The program was under consistent scrutiny during the Trump Administration and defending the program served as a major campaign promise for Biden.

Analysis

As so much of Biden’s campaign centered around bolstering the American people and its core values while undoing the detrimental actions by an incompetent presiden., His quick action towards making good on his promises surrounding immigration bode well for the Administration. In addition to the most recent Executive Orders, Biden also seeks to eradicate the Remain in Mexico policy that Trump established and to ensure undocumented immigrants are included in census counts and therefore enjoy representation by their government officials.

Engagement Resources

  • The National Immigration Law Center: an organization that exclusively dedicates itself to defending and furthering the rights of low income immigrants and strives to educate decision makers on the impacts and effects of their policies on this overlooked part of the population.
  • The ACLU: a non-profit with a longstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the individual rights and liberties the Constitution and US laws guarantee all its citizens. You can also donate monthly to counter Trump’s attacks on people’s rights. Recently, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the separation of families at the border.
  • Center for Disease Control: the CDC provides updated information surrounding COVID-19 and the US responses
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Through the Department of Homeland Security’s website, this link provides additional information regarding the Obama era program.
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