On his first day in Office, President Joe Biden kept many of his promises to the immigration community. On January 20, 2021 President Biden signed Executive Orders revoking the Trump “Muslim Ban,” allowing visa processing to resume from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. The President also issued a new order protecting full DACA rights. Perhaps most significantly, the President sent a bill to Congress that would pave the way for immediate permanent residence for DACA recipients as well as a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Finally, the president ordered a halt to implementation of numerous new proposed regulations that would limit both immigrant and nonimmigrant immigration.
While the President has the power to revoke previous presidential proclamations, it will be more difficult to revoke Trump policies that have been enacted into law through the regulatory process, including the public charge rule.The President has ordered a review of these regulations. Hopefully new regulations will be issued in the near future to change these anti-immigrant policies.
The Biden administration has clearly signaled a 180 degree change of course for the U.S. government when it comes to immigration. The change cannot come soon enough.