Biden Signs Executive Orders on Immigration Reform
President Joe Biden signed three Executive Orders (EOs) on immigration reform on February 2, including an order on “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” which sets into motion changes to the previous administration’s harmful Public Charge rule. The Executive Order “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans” directs agencies to develop strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship.
In the EO regarding public charge, Section 4 (Immediate Review of Agency Actions on Public Charge Inadmissibility) orders the secretary of state, attorney general, secretary of Homeland Secretary, and heads of other relevant agencies to review all agency actions related to the implementation of the Public Charge rule and examine the effects of the previous administration’s harmful changes to the rule (see Memo, 08/19/2019). The EO further orders that they consult with the heads of relevant agencies, including the secretary of Agriculture, secretary of Health and Human Services, and secretary of HUD in considering the effects and implications of public charge policies.