Although he will not take office until January 20, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden has already signaled some big changes for immigration. Some of the new immigration policies that Biden has already planned include the following:
- Rescinding the travel ban for immigrants from a number of Muslim countries
- Putting in place a 100-day freeze on deportation proceedings
- Reinstating and restoring the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect Dreamers
- Eliminating agreements with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to send asylum seekers to these countries if their petitions were rejected by the United States
These new immigration policies will provide added help and hope for immigrants currently in the United States and those interested in seeking a new life within our borders.
Repealing the Travel Ban
The ban on travel from about a dozen countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya and the Sudan, has mostly affected Muslim countries and those who wish to visit the United States from those countries. By repealing this ban, President-elect Biden can promote a fairer approach to international travel, business and immigration on a global basis.
Under the Trump administration, a scattershot approach to deportations led to many individuals who had committed no serious crime being prioritized for deportation. Biden plans to change this by freezing all deportation proceedings for 100 days while his team looks for appropriate solutions for prioritizing deportation of real criminals over individuals who have not committed serious or violent crimes since their arrival in the United States.
DACA provided a way for those who entered the United States as children to remain and to pursue educational and employment goals in this country. For many of these Dreamers, the United States is the only home they can remember. Biden has pledged to restore and to extend DACA protections to these individuals to promote the best outcomes for these undocumented immigrants.
Withdrawing From Deportation Agreements
The Trump administration also came to agreements to deport those who were denied asylum in the United States to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. These agreements are expected to be voided by the Biden administration and new measures put in place to protect the rights of asylum seekers in this country. For many who have come to the United States seeking a safe haven from threats in their home countries, working with a New York immigration attorney will provide added help in achieving the desired results.
If you are looking for a qualified and reliable New York immigration attorney, Oltarsh & Associates can provide you with the right help for your needs. As Biden puts into place his new immigration policies, working with our New York immigration attorney team will ensure the best representation for you and your family. Call us today at 212-944-9420 to schedule a free case evaluation. We look forward to the chance to serve you.