President Joe Biden entered office on Jan. 20 expecting to champion immigration reform, but his first 100 days were overtaken by the southern border, where the problems were far beyond what other administrations had faced.
More than three months into the crisis, the U.S.-Mexico border situation threatens to overtake Biden’s next four years, shuttering chances of legislative action on immigration in Washington.
The White House came out of the gate wiping away Trump-era and decades-old policies. Biden suspended border wall construction, paused most deportations for 100 days, stopped forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims proceed, and scrapped bilateral agreements that allowed the United States to send asylum-seekers to Central American countries to seek protection there instead.
By early February, the increase in people arriving at the border was already being felt across Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Trouble at the border had been brewing during former President Donald Trump’s final