New Report: Improving the US Immigration System in the First Year of the Biden Administration

Report highlights nearly 40 immigration reforms that should be prioritized by the Biden administration


New York, November 10, 2020 - The incoming Biden administration will face substantial challenges in putting immigration and refugee policy back on track—not just reversing ill-advised policies of the past four years but also improving a system that was in need of reform well before the current administration took office. A new report released by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School and the Center for Migration Studies of New York proposed nearly 40 immigration reforms that should be prioritized by the Biden administration.

The report proposes reforms and recommendations in 12 key categories:

  • Refugee policy
  • Asylum
  • Travel bans
  • Legal immigration
  • DACA
  • Detention
  • Border enforcement and accountability
  • Interior enforcement
  • Criminal prosecutions
  • Legal access and representation; adjudication backlogs
  • COVID-19-related policies
  • Segregation of responsibilities within the Department of Homeland Security

The recommendations seek to affirm the fundamental values and principles that animate the U.S. immigration system, including a sense of the United States as a country of welcome, a firm commitment to refugee protection and assistance, respect for due process and non-discrimination in enforcement, the importance of protecting and supporting immigrant communities and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children and other deserving groups.
 
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