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Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021. 1:39 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Associated Press reports that United States President Joe Biden is preparing to sign a number of executive orders aimed at undoing the immigration policies set by his predecessor Donald Trump. A notable priority for the Biden administration is to reunite more than 5,500 children separated through immigration operations, with their families.

Biden has reportedly signed nine executive orders relating to immigration within his first two weeks in office, surprising even immigration activists with the priority that he has given the issue. Biden’s administration is setting up a task force on family separation that will oversee the process of reuniting separated families.

“The task force will report regularly to the President and recommend steps to prevent such tragedies from occurring again,” the White House said in a statement released this week.

The White House also said that there will be a “top-to-bottom” review of recent regulations, policies that have set up barriers to the legal immigration system. That review will include the Trump-era “public charge rule,” which makes it more difficult for people who use government benefits to obtain green cards; and the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy which has more than 70,000 asylum seekers waiting in Mexican border cities for hearings in U.S. immigration court since 2019.

However, the review and subsequent changes will take time, leaving the Biden administration asking migrants to refrain from traveling to the US for the time being, while the necessary policy changes are being worked out.

“The situation at the border will not transform overnight, due in large part to the damage done over the last four years.” the White House statement added. “But the President is committed to an approach that keeps our country safe, strong, and prosperous and that also aligns with our values.” 

 

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