A month into his presidency, President Biden is proving that he is truly intent on destroying the progress that President Trump made in restoring the rule of law in immigration. His early salvo of executive orders was bad enough. But additional policies announced last week and on Thursday are producing a devastating one-two punch that may eventually be more significant than President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty.
The first punch, announced last week, was Biden’s termination of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The “Remain in Mexico” policy established by the Trump Administration forced asylum applicants to wait in Mexico for their future asylum hearing in an American immigration court. This was a crucial reform, because the asylum system has been completely overloaded for several years now. Instead of waiting months for a hearing, migrants now wait years—in some cases, as long as five years.