On his first day in office, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a number of orders, proclamations, and directives that reversed harmful policies enacted by the Trump administration and sought to put the US immigration system on a far different course. These executive actions:
- Ended the discriminatory travel bans;
- Sought to revise US immigration enforcement priorities
- Protected Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients;
- Temporarily halted construction of the US-Mexico Border Wall;
- Ensured that all US-residents, including undocumented immigrants, are counted in the 2020 Census; and
- Reinstated Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians.
President Biden also sent the US Citizenship Act of 2021 to Congress. If passed by the Senate and House, this bill would represent the most sweeping immigration reform legislation in decades and lead to the largest legalization program in US history, larger than the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Biden’s administrative actions will reshape the US immigration system and federal agencies after four years of aggressive actions to restrict immigration.