President Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends to repeal or restrict as many of his predecessor’s border and immigration policies as possible.
Now, as a stream of immigrants continues to overwhelm the southern border, Biden has announced the cancellation of a policy that sought to prevent foreign nationals from overstaying on student visas.
“Unnecessarily impede access”
As the Center for Immigration Studies explained, most non-immigrant visa holders are allowed into the nation only for fixed time periods, though three variations — F, J, and I visas — permit recipients to stay in the U.S. as long as they are engaged in specific activities as sanctioned by their documentation.
The Trump administration proposed a rule in September that would have placed such visa holders on a fixed time schedule requiring them to directly renew their visas with authorities.
For its part, the prior administration argued that some student visa holders remained in the country for decades by enrolling “in consecutive educational programs,” transferring to different institutions, or requesting extensions.
The Biden administration responded by revoking the rule, insisting that it would “unnecessarily impede access to immigration benefits” and that almost all of the public comments on the issue were in opposition to the rule.
Biden admin shifts focus
Of course, many of those public comments appear to have originated from individuals and groups with a vested interest in maintaining the “special treatment” certain visa holders have received, according to the CIS.
In fact, one Egyptian man charged in connection with a recent stabbing had overstayed his student visa, according to Townhall. Chinese nationals are alleged to have taken advantage of the J visa to steal research from American universities.
Nevertheless, the current White House dismissed visa-related fraud charges against Chinese researchers accused of lying about their ties to the foreign nation’s military.
Furthermore, at least 50,000 undocumented immigrants have been released into the U.S. without court dates.
While Biden has not been as vocal about the threat of foreign terrorism during his time in office, he has continually denounced “domestic terror” as a clear and present danger, with a particular focus on white nationalism.