On Day 1, President Biden Signs Immigration Executive Orders
- By Ashima Duggal
We are excited that President Biden has taken swift action to undo many Trump Administration policies. Below is a summary of the orders:
- DACA Extension
President Biden extends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for another four years.
- Muslim Travel Ban
The President ends the “Muslim travel ban.” In early 2017, President Trump instituted his first Muslim Ban, which banned visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries for a period of time. The ban has been lifted for travelers from these countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – and the President has also lifted bans for Eritrea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Tanzania. The State Department is also instructed to restart visa applications for these countries. President Biden’s new immigration bill also includes the NO BAN Act that prohibits discrimination based on religion and limits presidential authority to issue future bans.
- Emphasis on Civil Enforcement Priorities
Reprioritize Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices away from harsh and strict enforcement to “set civil immigration enforcement policies that best protect the American people and are in line with our values and priorities.”
- No More Wall
President Biden will end construction of the border wall. He will do so by ending the national emergency declaration called by the Trump administration.