Biden Signs Various Executive Orders to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies

On the first day of the Biden Administration, President Biden has signed numerous executive orders, many of which will have immigration ramifications. The reversal of many of the previous Trump Administration’s immigration policies is anticipated. President Biden’s work on his first day has started this process.

Firstly, President Biden signed an executive order to call upon Congress to grant permanent legal status to Dreamers. Dreamers are undocumented young people who were brought into the U.S as children who were protected from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Secondly, President Biden signed an executive order to end the “Muslim travel ban”. In 2017, the Trump administration restricted travel and immigration from various middle eastern country including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. In 2020, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, and Eritrea was added to the list. Visa applications will start under this executive order.

Thirdly, President Biden ordered an immediate stop to the construction U.S Mexico wall.

Fourthly, President Biden signed an executive order will redirect arrest priorities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the Obama administration, ICE was instructed to focus upon the arrest and deportation of undocumented immigrants who have committed violent offenses. Under the Trump administration, ICE enforcement became much stricter with the policy of deporting all undocumented immigrants. Although President Biden’s executive order is general in wording, it seeks to loosen ICE enforcement within the country.

Fifthly, Biden extended deferred enforced departure for Liberians. “Since 1991, the United States has provided safe haven for Liberians who were forced to flee their country as a result of armed conflict and widespread civil strife, in part through the grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).” TPS for these individuals ended in 2007, but was further extended by the Obama administration. This policy has now been continued under Biden’s executive order.

In addition to the day 1 executive orders signed by President Biden, President Biden also introduced the U.S citizenship Act 2021 to Congress which will broadly impact immigration. Here at Zhang and Associates, we aim to bring you the most relevant and up to date news in the immigration field. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any immigration related issue, our seasoned staff will be happy to help. For a free evaluation on your case or situation, please email us at

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