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Immigration Policy: Changes and Continuity in a Biden Administration


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Program of Latin American and the Caribbean presents

Immigration Policy: Changes and Continuity in a Biden Administration

President Biden started his administration with an ambitious agenda to roll back many of President Trump’s immigration policies but also reform US policies and laws in new ways. His promises included ending the travel ban, reforming the asylum system, expanding the refugee resettlement system, ending the Migration Protection Protocol, prioritizing those with a criminal conviction for the  interior enforcement, and regularizing millions of undocumented people in the United States. Since February, however, rising numbers of people arriving at the border have occupied most of the press coverage on immigration and taken most of the administration’s attention. It has slowed progress on some of the promises made above, but others have been implemented, often with limited press coverage. How ambitious is Biden’s immigration agenda likely to be in the future and how may it shape US immigration laws going forward?

Andrew Selee


Migration Policy Institute 

Andrew Selee is the president of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a non-partisan research institute dedicated to the study of migration policies worldwide. He was previously the executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson Center and director of its Mexico Institute. He is the author of Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together (PublicAffairs, 2018), What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact (Stanford University Press, 2013), and Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico (Penn State University Press, 2011), and editor and co-editor of several others. He writes a biweekly column in the Mexican newspaper El Universal and has penned recent articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Americas Quarterly. He is frequently interviewed by the press, including recent interviews in 60 Minutes+, Fox News, and the New York Times.He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and he teaches courses in global migration at Georgetown University. He started his career working with migrant youth in Tijuana, Mexico, and later served as professional staff in the US Congress.

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Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Chair in Mexico-US Relations 

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