While former President Donald Trump shaped his 2016 campaign and subsequent administration around strong immigration policies, his successor seems determined to repeal many of those achievements.
In fact, President Joe Biden appears to be on track to bring about an uncontrolled influx of undocumented immigrants through his promise to reverse Trump’s policies.
Second caravan reportedly forming
According to recent reports, some 8,000 individuals have begun a trek to the United States’ southern border in anticipation of Biden’s lax stance on immigration.
The group, which started its migration even before Biden was sworn in last week, was intercepted and broken up by authorities in Guatemala.
Subsequently, however, a second caravan has reportedly formed and is headed toward the U.S. border. The attraction might be seen as unsurprising given Biden’s first executive orders upon entering the White House.
The newly inaugurated president has already signed a number of acts with the stated purpose of undoing Trump’s America-first agenda.
Executive orders target Trump policies
Immigration was among the key features of his early administration, including his move to rescind Trump’s emergency declaration allowing funds to be redirected to fund the construction of a border wall.
In another executive order signed during his first week in office, Biden placed a 100-day moratorium on deportations. It is unclear what his deportation policy will be when the temporary halt expires.
As for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S., which amounts to an estimated 11 million to 22 million individuals, Biden is reportedly planning to strengthen former President Barack Obama’s policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“Blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully”
The president also replaced Trump’s strict enforcement of immigration laws with a more lenient policy.
As a result, those seeking to illegally enter the nation appear to have received the message that America’s borders are now open. Naturally, many prominent GOP leaders are vehemently opposed to the new administration’s positions.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), for example, declared: “There are many issues I think we can work cooperatively with President-elect Biden, but a blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully isn’t going to be one of them.”