Since taking office, President Biden has issued several executive orders and directives aimed at lifting restrictions on immigrants put in place over the past four years.
The cases, both challenges to Trump administration initiatives, may become moot if the Biden administration reverses course.
The “public charge” rule was supposed to ensure that green cards go only to self-sufficient immigrants, but in the pandemic, it is driving up hunger and leaving Joe Biden with a quandary.
The policy created a wealth test that would disqualify immigrants for green cards if they were deemed likely to use public benefits.
This administration has attacked every aspect of the immigration system — and it won’t be easy to undo.
New York and other states sued the Trump administration over new limits on the “public charge” rule, which critics said would discourage immigrants from seeking medical treatment during the pandemic.
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will be furloughed because the immigration processing fees that fund the agency have plummeted.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has asked Congress for a lifeline amid the coronavirus pandemic that has caused applications to plummet and brought it to the brink of insolvency.
President Trump’s move to suspend some green cards could make it harder for many immigrants to reunite with loved ones or work in the United States.
After pledging on Twitter to end immigration during the pandemic, President Trump moved to block new green cards but stopped short of ending all work visas.
The president portrayed the measure, his most wide-ranging attempt yet to seal off the country from the world, as a bid to save Americans’ jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.