After a seemingly endless presidential campaign, Americans have finally spoken and elected Joe Biden as the 46th President.
Democrats came out in historic numbers and ultimately rejected President Trump’s decisive immigration policies, instead choosing Biden’s steady leadership.
And while Trump’s presidency is almost over, there are still several months to go before he will be forced to leave the office. And during that time, he has full control of the executive pen to make endless Executive Orders and Proclamations.
Experts believe Trump will use his powers to extend the immigration ban on most family immigrants abroad indefinitely and try to reduce as much immigration inside the U.S. as possible during his time remaining in office.
One of the most talk-about immigration policies is the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The 2012 program provided renewable, two-year work permits and a reprieve from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children. It was open to undocumented immigrants who came to the country before they were 16 and who were 30 or younger as of June 2012.
Trump announced in 2017 that he was ending the program, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that was inappropriately terminated.
President-elect Joe Biden plans to fully reinstitute DACA and do away with the “travel ban”, along with other controversial Trump administration actions — in the first days of his administration.
But other recent changes to the U.S. immigration system may take months, if not years, to unwind. And experts say Biden’s ability to reshape the country’s immigration system will be sharply limited if Republicans retain control of the Senate.
Americans, especially immigrants, will now have to wait on see what comes January when Biden is sworn into office.
** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378