With President-elect Biden now planning the transition to his Administration, we turn to how immigration policies will be shaped differently under his watch. According to reports, Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders immediately, in many cases to reverse Trump administration policies.
He has announced that the Biden Administration will, among many other tasks, “immediately reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel and senseless policies that separate parents from their children at our border; end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies; end prolonged detention and reinvest in a case management program; reverse Trump’s public charge rule; and restore and defend the naturalization process for green card holders.”
Biden has further said that he will work with Congress to pass legislation that reforms the visa program for temporary workers in select industries; reform the temporary visa system; increase the number of visas offered for permanent work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions; and create a new visa category to allow cities and counties to petition for higher levels of immigrants to support their growth.
Much of what Biden proposes can be accomplished through executive order and regulation. Some will require Congress to enact legislation. It is clear, though, that if the Biden Administration is able to follow through on these big policy changes, there will be a significant impact on H-1B visa holders and other temporary workers.