On his first day in office, President Biden has already signaled that immigration reform will be a central theme of his administration.
Before the inauguration, news leaked that Biden plans to ask Congress to come up with legislation to grant a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants that are in the country illegally. It’s unclear how he plans to differentiate between the 11 million here now and the millions more that this move would invite to our border. In related news, a new migrant caravan is headed north from Central America headed for the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden Administration reportedly issued a statement to the migrant caravan: Don’t come right now, now is not the time.
Also on Wednesday, President Biden’s acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske signed an order putting a halt to all deportations for 100 days while the department reviews its deportation policies. “The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” DHS said in a statement.