Biden formed a task force to reunify the migrant families who were separated at the border by the former administration’s “zero tolerance strategy.”
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed three executive orders to reverse former President Donald Trump’s policies and also ensure that the legal immigration system operates fairly and efficiently.
In the first order, Biden formed a task force, chaired by the Secretary of Homeland Security, to reunify the migrant families who were separated at the border by the former administration’s “zero tolerance strategy.”
The second order develops a strategy to address the root causes of migration across the borders and creates a humane asylum system. It includes instructing the Department of Homeland Security to carry out measures to end the Migrant Protection Protocols program, which had caused a humanitarian crisis in northern Mexico.
The third executive order promotes immigrant integration and inclusion while making sure that the legal immigration system operates fairly and efficiently by directing agencies to evaluate Trump’s “public charge rule” and related policies.
While signing the orders at the White House, Biden said: “Today we are going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families, their mothers and fathers at the border and with no plan, none whatsoever to reunify the children who are still in custody and their parents.”
Biden also stated that the federal government should develop welcoming strategies to promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship, and “it should embrace the full participation of the newest Americans in our democracy.” Biden added that new Americans and their children fuel the US economy working in every industry, including healthcare, construction, caregiving, manufacturing, service, and agriculture.
“I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy,” said Biden.