February 2, 2021

President Biden Signs Three Executive Orders Relating to Immigration, Including a Review of Public Charge Rule

On February 2, 2021, President Joe Biden signed three executive orders relating to immigration. Through these orders, President Biden:

  • Calls for a review of the legal immigration system, including a review of the public charge rule relating to receipt of government benefits and a review of the naturalization process.
  • Establishes an interagency task force to identify children who were separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021, and reunify them; and
  • Provides aid to countries in Central America to help address causes of migration.

These orders were signed following the Senate confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security. Mr. Mayorkas is the first immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

President Biden and his administration have indicated that they are planning additional measures regarding immigration. We will continue to provide updates as they occur. As always, if you have any questions related to your case, please contact our firm.