On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he took immediate action on immigration. While some executive actions on immigration policy take effect immediately, some will take more time to be implemented.
Below is a summary of immigration changes and policies as listed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). If you think these policies affect you, contact our office or visit our website to schedule a consultation:
• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place. Deportations* were paused for 100 days (starting January 22), with some exceptions, and new enforcement policies will be adopted.
• Travel bans** barring entry for nationals of certain Muslim-majority and African nations were revoked.
• Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protection was extended for Liberian nationals until June 30, 2022.
• Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols that keep asylum seekers waiting in Mexico were suspended — but it is unclear how cases will be handled at the border.
*On Jan. 26, a district court temporarily prevented the government from implementing the 100-day pause.
** The travel bans applied to nationals from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
NOTE: This situation remains fluid and policies can shift rapidly.
Please keep in mind that there has been no new immigration reform, no “amnesty” or legalization opportunity for undocumented immigrants that has passed yet. We would like to inform the public to be extra careful and not give any money to “notarios”, consultants or organization who are claiming that an immigration reform has passed.
We highly recommend that you seek the guidance of a reputable firm who are qualified to analyze your situation and provide immigration advice.