The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is going to order today the constitution of a working group on reunification of minors who were separated from the parents after crossing the border of Mexico.
Family separation had been imposed by the previous administration of Donald Trump.
This first initiative is part of a executive order package on immigration that Biden will sign today at the White House and intend to reverse Trump’s legacy on the matter.
Joe Biden “made it clear that it is a priority reverse migration policies of the Trump administration that separated thousands of families on the border, ”said a senior White House official at a telephone press conference.
The group will work with allied countries on the American continent to find the countries of minors that are still in government custody.
Although there is no exact figure on the number of minors separated by the Trump administration under the strategy “zero tolerance”, it is estimated that there may be about a thousand.
According to a December court document, 628 minors remained separated, of which 333 had parents in the United States and 295 in their countries of origin.
Biden will sign a second executive order on border migration management, having defined Trump’s policy as “Chaotic, cruel and confused”.
Among other measures, the executive order aims to “re-establish the asylum system”, creating avenues for Central American applicants to enter the United States.
In addition, the president ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the program “Stay in Mexico”, which Biden intends to suspend.
Finally, the third executive order seeks to fully modify all recent measures approved by the Trump administration that have established “barriers” to the legal immigration system, such as penalties for the use of “public benefits”.
“The previous government enacted hundreds of policies that go against our history and reach the character of the United States as open and welcoming land, ”said the official.
Executive orders on immigration join others approved by Biden on the first day after taking office as head of state, among which he ordered to suspend the construction of the border wall with Mexico, lift the veto on migrants from countries with Muslim majority and shielded the DACA program, which grants work and residence permits to 650,000 undocumented youth.
However, senior management officials told France-Presse that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, will order the administration to facilitate the naturalization of nine million migrants with US citizenship.
This measure may also be included in the measures that Joe Biden will sign today at the White House.