Joe Biden will announce an immigration bill that would open a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully immediately after he takes over as the president of the United States The president will also sign 15 executive actions on the same day, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. At least six of those will deal with immigration, according to a memo, making it a major focus of Biden’s first day in office.
The actions include immediately lifting a travel ban on some, mostly Muslim-majority countries, immediately halting construction of the U.S. Mexico border wall and reversing a Trump order preventing migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted when U.S. congressional voting districts are next redrawn.
Biden will also sign a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security and the attorney general to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects migrants who came to the country as children from deportation, and reverse a Trump executive order calling for stricter interior immigration enforcement.
Taken together, the actions show Biden is beginning his presidency with a sharp focus on immigration, just as Trump kept the issue at the center of his policy agenda until the last days of his administration