New President New Policies

Inauguration day was a day many individuals anticipated. The United States was foreseeing the arrival of a new president who could change the way America was being perceived for the last 4 years. Recently, in an article published by Immigration Impact, “We must end this uncivil war that pitches red versus blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Biden said, because we have “much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain.

Biden Stops Deportation

Biden wasted no time as soon as he stepped foot into office. He made two major decisions right away, number one to pause deportations for certain noncitizens in the United States and also halted the “the remain in Mexico” program. This program was making asylum seekers remain in Mexico until they had a hearing, but Biden administration has ended that.

Trump Demonizing Immigrants

For the last five years that President Trump was in office, his continuous attacks on migrants was a major issue because he made it clear that foreign countries like Mexico were sending rapists and bringing nothing but crime to the United States.

According to Immigration Impact, “Trump’s immigration legacy and his efforts to incite violence to subvert a lawful election stem from a pathological refusal to accept the humanity of those that disagree with him.

2nd Stimulus

President Trump issued a stimulus check months ago to help families who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The stimulus was suppose to help financially for a few months. Recently, it was announced that perhaps a second round of stimulus checks might be issued once again, but this time also those who are undocumented.

ICE’s End of the Year Report

According to Trump’s administration, ICE has released the end of the year’s report about illegal immigrants who got arrested in 2020. Per their report, 2020 had an average of four criminal convictions for each immigrant. According to ICE’s figures, 90% of them already had convictions for homicide-related crimes, kidnapping, assults, and sex crimes when they got arrested.

TPS Extension

In recent news, it was announced that TPS has now been extended for 9 more months. This is fundamental for the six countries that qualify for this protection program.

TPS allows immigrants to work and stay protected in the United States; this is due to “the country facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions that would make returning life-threatening”.

According to Immigration Impact, this decision to extend the program gives TPS holders a breath of fresh air, however, they are still stuck in a
limbo, because this program only protects them temporarily and does not give them a permanent solution.

FOIA

In recent news, according to Immigration Impact, individuals now have the right to request for their immigration files no matter the circumstance. “The blame shifting must end. Immigrants have been the victim of an information imbalance for far too long.

New Laws

Since Biden was elected president many have questions and wonder how the immigration system will change. While Trump was in office, he made sure to make it harder for immigrants to immigrate to the US and made near impossible for individuals to seek help in the United States.