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What Joe Biden is doing for immigrants after Trump’s policies

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Unlike President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden has a completely different approach to immigration. And one place where the stark differences between their policies are evident is in dealing with unaccompanied immigrant children.

Joe Biden will not expel immigrant children from the border

What Joe Biden is doing for immigrants after Trump's policies
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During Trump’s Presidency under his orders, between March and Fall of 2020, the Department of Homeland Security expelled more than 13,000 unaccompanied immigrant children from the US Border, according to Buzzfeed. Before Trump, the government sent these unaccompanied children to government run-in shelters while the courts dealt with their asylum cases. However, Trump scrapped this policy, citing the Coronavirus pandemic as the problem. However, with the arrival of Joe Biden, that policy has been reversed.

According to a White House spokesperson, the new policy from President Biden is to not expel these children from US borders. The spokesperson added:

The president’s approach is to deal with immigration comprehensively, fairly, and humanely.

Difference between expulsion and deportations

Biden signed an order on Tuesday which ordered officials to ascertain if the policy should be terminated. This is because it has resulted in the expulsion of not only children but adults too. Now, expulsions are different from deportations because in the latter, the immigrant’s immigration process is already complete and is not legally allowed to stay in the United States. Critics were criticizing Trump for using the pandemic as an excuse to expel immigrant children, which is a violation of federal law. These laws protect and govern the process of treating unaccompanied minors at the border.

Before the pandemic, Border Petrol would pick and send unaccompanied children to the Office of Refugee Resettlemen. There, they would stay in shelters until they apply for their asylum cases. Once they are able to resolve their cases, they can reunite with their families in the US.

Now, President Joe Biden has ensured that this policy will continue, after Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan blocked the quick turnbacks of these children at the border. The White House spokesperson further said:

The Border Patrol will continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement so they may be properly cared for in appropriate shelters, consistent with their best interest.

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