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Immigration Law

Expert: Biden Immigration Proposal a "Good First Step"

Jorge Cancino, Univision, May 31, 2021

"Either by eliminating the barriers imposed by its predecessor or authorizing new regulations that soften procedures and / or requirements, the Joe Biden government has in mind undoing the entirety of the 'zero tolerance' immigration policy inherited from Donald Trump to create a new system. And just as the ex-president did, he will have to do it by means of memoranda, executive orders and by publishing new regulations to interpret the complex immigration laws because the Republicans in Congress, particularly in the Senate, are not willing to approve any kind of benefit. ... "The administrative reforms proposed by the Biden administration are a good first step, but they will take time to implement and will be challenged in court," warns Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration practice at Cornell University's school of law in New York. "In addition, Republicans will use immigration against Biden in the 2022 midterm elections. Finally, the next president could undo any administrative reform," he said.