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Could Biden keep his election promise and dismantle Trump’s immigration policy? | The race

Lawyers and organizations consider that breaking down the measures of the current Administration is not enough to guarantee the dignity of immigrants

Biden has vowed to stop construction of the wall on the border with Mexico.

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The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe biden, It is committed to reverse Donald Trump’s immigration policy, if the White House wins in the November elections. But can you really do it?

I don’t think it’s realistic that Biden in four years can undo everything Trump did, “he told NPR Sarah Pierce, political analyst at Migration Policy Institute.

The Trump Administration has taken more than 400 executive actions on immigration, according to the aforementioned institute. Among them are the application of stricter measures regarding frontier and domestic policy, the restriction of asylum, the revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA, for its acronym in English), the reduction of visas for refugees, the rationalization of courts immigration or policy making Stay in mexico.

For Omar Jadwat, from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immigration rights project, the Trump Administration has tried to “Deactivate” the immigration system “unilaterally”, “Without the approval of Congress or the consent of the American people. “That project should be reversed,” he says.

That is precisely what Biden raises in his campaign program for immigration: go back to Obama-era politics (in which he was vice president). Organizations such as CHIRLA or Immigrant Power PAC, support the Biden-Harris presidential formula since they consider that in these elections “The stakes are high” for migrant communities.

“If I am president, we will put an immediate end to Trump’s assault on the dignity of immigrant communities. We are going to restore our moral standing in the world and our historic role as a safe place of reception for refugees and asylum seekers, ”Biden said in his acceptance speech for the Democratic candidate.

However, lawyers and defenders of migrant rights have said that breaking down the current Administration’s measures is not enough to guarantee dignity of people who come to the United States in search of a better life. And they have been very critical of the Democratic candidate’s campaign, which has incorporated to the transition team to Cecilia Muñoz, visible face in immigration policy of the previous government.

Biden has proposed knock down Trump’s policies for the first 100 days of his hypothetical presidency. In your program is to stop building the border wall, to separate families and to detain or deport peaceful immigrants and workers. In addition, it pretends restore the asylum system, seek alternatives to immigration detention, and reinstate DACA in full.

The former vice president’s pro-immigration stance comes at a time when more than two-thirds of the U.S. population believes that levels of immigration immigration are correct or should increase. Even a third of Trump voters believe immigrants strengthen society, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Still, the Democratic candidate would have to face resistances that would slow down their immigration purposes. Those who oppose immigration fear that Biden will reopen the southern border – closed by the pandemic – and Central Americans will begin to request asylum (a human right).

Although the Democratic candidate has not said that he will reactivate the asylum process, everyone believes that will do so when the health crisis subsides and the country can receive immigrants again.