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President Biden Proposes Far Reaching Immigration Reforms

Kauff McGuire and Margolis LLP
New York, NY
January 21, 2021

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On January 20, 2021, his first day in office, President Biden issued five immigration-related executive orders and sent a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress. Among other things, the executive orders will reverse the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban,” which prohibited travel to the US by nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries; halt construction of the border wall; re-commit to the DACA program; and undo the Trump administration’s expansion of immigration enforcement in the US. A sixth executive order requires non-citizens to be included in the US Census and apportionment of congressional representatives.

 If implemented, the reform bill (known as the US Citizenship Act of 2021) would be the most significant immigration legislation since 1986. Details of the bill include:

The ambitious bill would need 60 votes to pass in the Senate at a time of extreme partisan division and multiple competing crises. Nevertheless, it is a statement of the Biden administration’s immigration priorities and sets the stage for more reform measures to come in the weeks and months ahead.