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The Biden administration has issued a 100-day “pause” on deportations of illegal immigrants, according to Fox News.
Acting Department Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske signed a memorandum to review immigration enforcement 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.
It would exclude those who have engaged in terrorism or espionage or who pose a danger to national security.
The pause would also exclude those who were not present in the U.S. before Nov. 1, 2020, those who agreed to waive the right to remain, and those who the ICE director individually determined need to be removed by law.
This means that illegal immigrants with criminal convictions and charges will not be deported in that timeframe.
Biden signed an executive order that halts the construction of the wall at the southern border.
Biden also signed a memorandum to protect the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields immigrants brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.
From Fox News:
Biden also signed an executive order putting an end to what the administration described as “the Muslim ban” — which refers to the travel bans placed on predominantly Muslim and African countries by Trump over national security concerns.
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Other orders include one to revoke the Trump administration’s plan to exclude non-citizens from the census and the apportionment of congressional seats, and another to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) designation for Liberians in the country until June 2022.
Separately, Biden’s transition team has this week unveiled an immigration reform proposal that would include an eight-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S. It would also grant immediate green cards for DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients.
Biden has also promised to end Trump-era policies, such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and other asylum policies — but officials have warned that such moves will take time.