As President-elect, Joe Biden has already indicated that he plans to make some sweeping changes to existing immigration policies that were advanced by the previous administration.
Will the “great reset” be that easy? Experts aren’t so certain
The last four years have seen hundreds of executive actions aimed at curtailing immigration into the United States, including bans on refugees and travelers from certain predominately Muslim nations and changes that have made conditions almost impossible for asylum-seekers trying to enter through this nation’s southern border.
What was done with a flick of a pen may not be so easily reversed. A unilateral reversal of those policies could overwhelm the immigration system with a new influx of immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers all at once.
Experienced leadership will be in charge of the decisions
The good news is that the people being tapped by the incoming president to lead important agencies are familiar with the problems that this country may face during the process. In addition, the new administration is expected to look heavily toward immigration advocacy groups for guidance and advice.
What does this mean to immigrants currently waiting on entrance or asylum?
Positive changes are definitely on the horizon, but it won’t be an instantaneous event. It may take more time to unwind the aggressive anti-immigrant agenda that’s been in place than it took to impose it. Patience is going to be essential.
Experienced legal assistance will also be needed in the upcoming months and years. The constant shifts in policies, regulations and agendas will likely make immigration and asylum an increasingly complicated process.