Decrees against Trump’s “moral shame” – migration: Biden ends zero tolerance agenda – politics abroad

The new US President Joe Biden (78) is turning Donald Trump’s (74) agenda back in a hurry. And also on a subject that was high on the list of priorities of its Republican predecessor and its electoral base: the border and immigration policy of the United States.

By signing three rulings, Biden pushed ahead with the change of course he was aiming for in migration policy. He is revoking orders issued by his predecessor on immigration and asylum issues that are contrary to the character and security of the United States, Biden said in the White House on Tuesday (local time).

With an order, Biden wants to reunite migrant families who had been separated by US authorities on the border with Mexico during Trump’s tenure. The procedure was part of Trump’s “zero tolerance policy”, which was intended to discourage immigrants from even trying to get into the US without a visa.

The practice of separating children from their parents caused international outrage. Biden described the procedure as the “moral disgrace of the previous government”.

With a further decree, regulations of the previous government are to be checked and if necessary reversed, with which the US border with Mexico was de facto closed to asylum seekers.

Foto: Evan Vucci / AP

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The 46th President of the USA is turning back the immigration agenda of his predecessor with the stroke of a pen: Joe Biden signed three decrees on the USA’s new migration policy yesterday in the Oval Office Foto: Evan Vucci / AP

In the long term, the Biden government wanted to tackle migration from Central America more by combating the causes of flight and humane regulations, it said. Currently, the border with Mexico is largely closed anyway because of the pandemic.

Other regulations that have created hurdles for legal migration are now being scrutinized, the government said. In future, efforts to integrate immigrants will be coordinated centrally from the White House.

Trump had taken a tough course in migration policy and tried in various ways to seal off the country.


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