Biden Issues New Executive Orders Impacting Immigration

Since taking office on January 20th, President Biden has signed over 40 Executive Orders, taking action on many restrictive policies implemented under the Trump Administration. We have summarized key updates on recent Orders impacting immigration below.

  • Reinstatement and Expansion of COVID Country Travel Bans Maintains the COVID-19 travel bans impacting travelers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and the Schengen Area of Europe, as well as adding new restrictions on travelers from South Africa, citing the new variant strain of COVID-19 known as B.1.351. The COVID-19 travel bans on China and Iran continue to remain in effect.

  • Rescission of Trump’s "Discriminatory Bans" on Muslim and African Countries Reverses a series of Trump-era Executive Orders targeting predominantly Muslim and African countries, including the longstanding travel ban that has restricted the admission and readmissions of foreign nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. This Order also ends Trump’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order, which called for “extreme vetting” of national security risks, expanded in-person green card interviews, and increased additional visa application screening (administrative processing).

  • Preservation of DACA Program Calls for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take necessary action to “preserve and fortify” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established by President Obama in 2012. The Trump Administration made several efforts during its tenure to rescind the DACA program, which was recently restored to “pre-Trump” conditions by a district court in December.

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