WASHINGTON – President Biden plans to sign three executive orders on Tuesday aimed at further rolling back his predecessor’s attack on immigration and reuniting migrant children separated from their families at the Mexican border, administration officials said.
In one order, the president will direct the homeland security secretary to lead a task force that will attempt to reunite several hundred families who remain separated under former President Donald J. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. , which aimed to discourage migration across the country’s southern border.
With two more orders, Biden will authorize a comprehensive review of Mr. Trump’s immigration policies that limited asylum, halt funding from foreign countries, made it more difficult to obtain green cards or naturalization, and slowed down the process. legal immigration to the United States. officials told reporters on Monday night in a briefing ahead of the official White House announcement on Tuesday.
The Three Orders are helping to deliver on promises made by Mr. Biden during the election campaign to overthrow Mr. Trump’s immigration program. But they also highlight the difficulty the new president faces in disentangling dozens of individual policies and regulations.
Senior administration officials said Monday evening that most of Mr Biden’s guidelines on Tuesday would not bring immediate changes. Rather, they aim to give officials in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the State Department time to assess how best to reverse the policies.
This will likely disappoint migrant advocates, who are keen to act to help people immediately. One of Mr Biden’s orders, for example, will ask officials to review a Trump-era agenda that forced asylum-seeking migrants from Central America to wait in squalid camps in Mexico.
But the order will not immediately respond to the reality that many of these migrants, including families and children, have been waiting for months in dangerous conditions.
The most important of the three orders aims to remedy the policy of family separation, which was widely condemned after Mr. Trump officially put it in place in the summer of 2018. More than 5,000 families have been separated.
Under Mr. Biden’s order, the federal government will seek to either bring the parents to the United States or return the children to parents living abroad, depending on the wishes of the families and the specifics of the country. immigration law.
Officials said this could include providing visas or other legal means of entry to parents who have been deported to their country of origin. Or it could involve returning children who live in the United States to those countries to be with their parents. They said each case would be looked at separately.
Officials said Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Mr Biden’s candidate for homeland security secretary, will lead the task force. The Senate paved the way last week for a confirmation vote on Mr Mayorkas, and is expected to approve it on Tuesday. The secretary of state and the attorney general will also be on the task force, officials said.