With the inauguration of Joe Biden as President behind us, the new administration’s immigration agenda is quickly taking shape and should concern all Americans.
During his first day in office, Biden issued a 100-day ban on deportations of illegal immigrants. Additionally, the President signed more than a dozen executive orders, including five that were aimed at reversing or changing the previous administration’s policies on immigration.
Unfortunately, many of Biden’s early actions on immigration could put out the welcome mat for more illegal migrants and put America at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.
Details of the President’s executive orders on immigration include:
Defending Obama’s DACA program. President Biden used an executive order to call on Congress to grant permanent status and a path to citizenship for nearly a million illegal migrants who arrived as minors.
Ending the “ban” on travel from high-risk nations. In this executive order, Biden effectively ended travel restrictions on select countries in Africa and the Middle East that were implemented due to security concerns.
Allow Liberians without legal status to remain in the U.S. With a new executive order, the Biden administration effectively extended the “deferred enforcement departure” of a population of Liberian nationals living in the United States until June 30, 2022.
Amnesty programs for illegal immigrants are anything but new, in fact, they’re regressive. As CAPS has documented, at least 7 amnesties have occurred since the 1970s, and all have been followed by more illegal immigration.
Americans understand that with new presidents come new priorities, but 65 percent of Americans support the halt to nearly all immigration during the coronavirus outbreak that Trump implemented.
Encouraged by Biden’s rhetoric, caravans of illegal migrants are again headed to the southern border of the U.S. Last week, Guatemalan soldiers and police were able to stop, for now, 8000 Honduran migrants who broke Even before the inauguration, illegal migrants rushed the American border at El Paso, chanting “Biden, Biden.”
The Biden administration would do well to thoroughly review immigration policies before making haphazard changes. The early indications are that its weakened enforcement along with promotion of amnesty will lead to significant immigration increases. That will bring unwanted population growth, increased job competition for American workers, threats to our national security, and increased risk of coronavirus transmission. It is not a pretty picture.