Resources for Understanding Biden’s First Year: Immigration Agenda, Policy Changes, Long-term Reforms, and Stark Failures

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Resources for Understanding Biden’s First Year: Immigration Agenda, Policy Changes, Long-term Reforms, and Stark Failures

January 20, 2022 marks one year since President Joseph A. Biden’s inauguration. During his presidential campaign, Biden committed to “finish the work of building a fair and humane immigration system–restoring the progress Trump has cruelly undone and taking it further.” Has he delivered on that commitment in his first year in office? 

Several CMS publications and resources examine this question:

  • Essay | Biden Admin. Should Hold Fast to Its Immigration Agenda
    In a recent essay for Law360, CMS’s Executive Director Donald Kerwin writes that President Biden should remain committed to the “immigration agenda set forth in his campaign and in a series of early executive orders and administrative actions.” Kerwin explains that Biden’s success at enacting this agenda has been “uneven:”

In some areas, the president has lived up to his campaign commitments; in others, courts have temporarily blocked positive reforms and in still others, the administration has kept unconscionable policies in place.


January 18, 2022

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