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President Biden Changes Trump Administration Immigration Policies

Date: January 26, 2021

Among the executive actions issued by President Biden on his first day in office are five making changes to Trump administration immigration policies. These range from preserving deferral action for childhood arrivals (“the dreamers”) to ending discriminatory bans on entry. 

Immigration and Borders

On January 20, the incoming Biden administration released an outline of their comprehensive immigration reform bill, “The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.” According to the outline, the bill provides new pathways to citizenship, reduces employment-related visa backlogs, and makes it easier for STEM graduates from abroad to stay in the U.S. The bill also reforms border controls and improves the function of the courts. MEMA staff will review when legislative language becomes available.  An outline can be found here.

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