Biden’s Immigration Moves Hampered by Residual Trump Decisions

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While President Joe Biden has taken a slew of actions to roll back or review Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, anxiety is building around certain policies, such as proclamations 10014 and 10052, the ban on immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders that is keeping immigrants and their families from entering the United States, reports The Guardian. Attorney Jesse Bless, who is involved with litigation against the bans, estimated it would take about 10 minutes for Biden to revoke them. Bless, director of federal litigation at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Aila), is also involved with litigation on the Trump-era healthcare insurance proclamation, which requires immigrants to prove they will have health insurance within 30 days of entering the US, or have financial resources to pay for any foreseeable costs.

The Biden White House revoked the travel ban, which blocked people from mostly Muslim-majority countries, by leaving these proclamations in place, people are not seeing the benefits of the rescinded travel ban. A complication for Biden has been getting the agencies which act on immigration policy, primarily Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), to comply. A court blocked Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations and Ice has attempted to resume deportation flights which defy guidelines introduced by the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty, Denise Bell, said that the confirmation last week of Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS secretary would hopefully improve adherence to the guidelines, known as the Pekoske memo, and change the agency’s culture. An early test for Biden will be his response to the expected increase of unaccompanied children at the border.

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