Presidential Democratic Nominee Joe Biden's 2020 Immigration Policy and Reform Proposals

Today the Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden's campaign published his Immigration Policy that would be implanted if victory is achieved in November.

Joe Biden’s proposals can be divided into two main categories: rollback and reform. The rollback policies simply reverse moves by the Trump Administration, and the reform policies move American immigration policy beyond the status quo ante.

Some of the rollbacks proposed by the Former VP include:

  1. Ending the Family Separation policy at the U.S. border for migrants seeking asylum.

  2. Reversing Attorney General rulings which impose additional evidentiary burdens on victims of gang violence and domestic violence seeking asylum.

  3. Ending the Migrant Protection Protocols — the “Remain in Mexico” policy for Central American asylum seekers.

  4. Abolishing the new Public Charge Rule, which prevents potential green card holders from immigrating to the United States unless they can provide a great deal of evidence of future financial self-sufficiency.

  5. Ending the Travel Bans, which prevent all travel to the United States from certain countries that the Trump administration regards as a security threat to the United States.

  6. Ending the “National Emergency” which permits the Administration to transfer funds initially allocated to the Department of Defense for construction of a border wall.

The rest of Biden’s platform peaked more interest:

  1. He would Reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and ensure that DACA recipients are eligible for federal student loan assistance.

  2. Offer a path to citizenship for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients.

  3. “Aggressively advocate for legislation” to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

  4. Decouple temporary workers (e.g., H-1B employees) from employers. This would have the salutary effect of decreasing employer power over temporary immigrant workers.

  5. Prioritize high-wage temporary workers over low-wage temporary workers.

  6. Add a location-based system for encouraging immigration to economically depressed parts of the United States, by allowing cities and counties to act as petitioners. Immigrants would be bound to work and reside in the city or county that petitioned for them.

  7. Double the number of Immigration Judges, court staff, and interpreters. On that point, at least, Biden and Trump are completely in agreement. With a backlog of over one million cases, the Immigration Courts desperately need all the help it can get.

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