Biden tells Mexican president he will end Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration policies

Biden tells Mexican president he will end Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration policies

President
Biden
on
Friday
told

Mexican
President
Andres
Manuel
Lopez
Obrador
that
he
will
reverse
the
Trump
administration’s
“draconian”
immigration
policies

in
a
week
in
which
the
new
U.S.
president
has
signed
a
flurry
of
immigration
orders.

A
readout
from
the
White
House
said
that
Biden
spoke
with
Lopez
Obrador
to
“review
bilateral
cooperation
on
a
range
of
bilateral
and
regional
issues,
particularly
regional
migration.”

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“The
President
outlined
his
plan
to
reduce
migration
by
addressing
its
root
causes,
increasing
resettlement
capacity
and
lawful
alternative
immigration
pathways,
improving
processing
at
the
border
to
adjudicate
requests
for
asylum,
and
reversing
the
previous
administration’s
draconian
immigration
policies,”
the
statement
said.

Biden
campaigned
on
ending
the
Trump
administration’s
stricter
immigration
policies and
has

made
it
a
priority
since
being
inaugurated.

On
Wednesday,
Biden
signed
an
order
halting
construction
of
the
wall
at
the
southern
border
while
the
administration
studies
whether
it
can
redivert
money
that
has
been
assigned
to
the
project. 

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He
also
signed
a
memorandum
to
protect
the
2012
Deferred
Action
for
Childhood
Arrivals
(DACA)
program,
which
shields
immigrants
who
came
to
the
country
illegally
as
children
from
deportation. 

Other
orders
included
an
end
to
Trump-era
travel
bans,
another
revoking
the
Trump
administration’s
plan
to
exclude
non-citizens
from
the
census
and
the
apportionment
of
congressional
seats,
and
another
to
extend
the
Deferred
Enforced
Departure
(DED)
designation
for
Liberians
in
the
country
until
June
2022.

On
Friday,
a
100-day
deportation
freeze

went
into
effect and
was
immediately
subjected
to
a
lawsuit
from
Texas

claiming
it
was
dangerous,
unconstitutional
and
in
violation
of
an
agreement
with
DHS.

Biden
is
also
forging
forward
with
a

sweeping
immigration
plan
that
includes
an
eight-year
path
to
citizenship
for
millions
of
illegal
immigrants,
as
well
as
immediate
green
cards
for
farmworkers
and
DACA
and
Temporary
Protected
Status
(TPS)
recipients.

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Lopez
Obrador
has
been
supportive
of
such
a
move,

and
urged
there
to
be
dual
nationality
for
Mexicans
who
work
in
the
U.S.

Biden
has
also
promised
to
end
the
Migrant
Protection
Protocols
(MPP)

known
as
the
“Remain
in
Mexico”
policy.
That
Trump-era
policy
keeps
migrants
in
Mexico
as
they
await
their
hearings.
Biden
promised
to
end
the
program,
but
officials
during
the
transition
said
that
it
may

take
longer
to
achieve.

Adam
Shaw
is
a
reporter
covering
U.S.
and
European
politics
for
Fox
News.
He
can
be
reached
at
adam.shaw@foxnews.com.

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