President Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders yesterday to launch a task force to “reunite families separated at the border,” as well as begin an expensive and malevolent review of Trump-era programs that protected U.S. Citizens, tightened the labor market, and upheld this nation’s immigration laws by putting the interests of the People above those of big business and the open-border supporting investor class.
These are some of Biden’s first actions to fulfill his campaign promises, which were almost solely comprised of promising Americans that he will undo anything President Trump did. However, Biden and his administration understand that unraveling the necessary protections along the southern border and “crafting new ones” will take time, Politico reported.
The orders mostly call for policy reviews and planning — seemingly missing the implementation of new policies in the immediate future to prevent or even prepare for the enforcement vacuum created by the Administration.
“I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden erroneously stated after signing the most recent orders in the Oval Office.
Biden, succumbing to the bromidic tagline, released a “comprehensive immigration reform” plan and signed several immigration-related executive orders on his first day in office, in total signing an unprecedented 19 executive orders just within his first three days in office - reaffirming his commitment to rule by executive fiat.
Biden’s first-day orders included directives to stop further construction of the border barrier, a possibly illegal decision as Biden halted construction paid for by money Congress had approved explicitly for the barrier. Biden also emphasized his dedication to expanding the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and ended Trump’s travel ban from known sponsors of international terrorism before signing his own travel ban on some European countries and South Africa in the name of public health.
Politico reported that a senior administration official said in a briefing with reporters on Monday night:
Fully remedying [Trump’s] actions will take time and require a full government approach. But President Biden has been very clear about restoring compassion and order to our immigration system and correcting the divisive, inhumane and immoral policies of the last four years,” the official said, adding that Biden’s actions, so far, was “just the beginning.”
On Tuesday, Biden signed an executive order reportedly targeted at reunifying alien families separated at the border. Politico explained the purpose of the task-force according to the Administration:
The task force will first work to identify all children separated from their parents at the border under Trump. The focus will be on children separated under the previous administration’s “zero-tolerance policy,” which formally lasted from April to June 2018, and families separated under earlier pilot programs will be considered, as well.
It will then make recommendations to Biden and federal agencies on steps they can take to reunify families. Some of those options include: granting them “parole,” which, if granted, allows noncitizens to either enter or remain in the U.S. for specific reasons or issuing visas. The task force can also recommend offering trauma and mental health resources. And it will provide reports and recommendations on steps to prevent family separation policy from happening again. The first report is due in 120 days.
According to NBC News, Biden has already soured his relationship with the open-border lobby by announcing that the new task force would not look at families already reunified by the Trump Administration, an aspect demanded by advocates of uncontrolled mass immigration.
For instance, the ACLU has called on the Biden administration to allow families that were separated to move to the U.S., be given legal status, and have access to funds for basic needs and medical care. Some law and policymakers, including new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, have even insisted that separated aliens receive taxpayer-funded reparations.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s new Secretary of Homeland Security, will lead the task force. Mayorkas implemented the illegal DACA program at USCIS before moving to DHS under President Obama. At DHS, Mayorkas was found by the Inspector General to have used his authority to expedite and overturn previously declined EB-5 visa applications on behalf of senior members of the Democratic Party.
The task force executive order does not mention how to handle potential investigations and criminal cases against officials involved with implementing the zero-tolerance policy. However, some attorneys have said they want and expect to see Biden encourage the Justice Department to investigate and assess whether to take legal action, according to Politico.
“We also cannot brush aside accountability for unity,” complained Bob Goodfellow, interim executive director of Amnesty International USA, an organization close to the Biden Administration. “While the harms wrought by family separation can never fully heal, a criminal investigation is a critical and necessary step to ensure that such grave human rights violations are never repeated.”
Biden signed another executive order on Tuesday, making the U.S. asylum system easier to exploit. It directs Mayorkas to review the Migrant Protection Protocols program, which has mandated asylum seekers remain in Mexico while they wait for their U.S. court proceedings, a necessary step in preventing “asylum shopping” and other forms of fraud.
The Biden administration stated that it would not enroll any new aliens in the program, further fueling the massive border surge already on its way to the U.S.
The Politico article concluded with a summary of the other dangerous executive orders signed by the President on Tuesday:
The second order also asks for a review of better ways to identify and process people from the Northern Triangle countries who are eligible for refugee resettlement to the U.S. The DHS secretary will also evaluate whether to reverse a 2017 decision from Trump to rescind the Central American Minors Program, which allowed children to settle with family members in the U.S.
The president signed a third order that orders a review of policies and guidelines that have set up barriers to the U.S. legal immigration system and made it more challenging to get green cards or become a naturalized American citizen. It also aims to promote immigrant integration and inclusion. And that same order instructs agencies to review the public charge rule that allowed officials to deny green cards to immigrants who use public assistance.
For the complete article, please visit Politico.
Updated: Wed, Feb 17th 2021 @ 1:15pm EST