And that’s a great segue to 2021. What can we expect about certain changes that we expect to see in the first 100 days?
A President has quite a bit of authority to impact immigration policies without congressional approval.
So that’s good news for us starting on January 20th, that we have Biden in office who has announced that his first 100 days are going to be spent in a lot of ways rolling back the negative policies that we saw under Trump.
So most notably I think, would be the DACA program. Biden has already told us that one of his first actions in office will be to completely open and expand the DACA program.
So that’s one of the first actions I think similar to DACA we’re going to see the same thing in TPS (Temporary Protected Status).
Biden is going to do a TPS review and maybe even expand TPS status to people from other countries that have experienced infrastructure collapse.
We’ll see changes in asylum, the ending of the MPP program, people will be able to come and seek asylum and process through the credible fear interview like they did before and eligibility for asylum, work permits for asylum, etc.
All of these things have been impacted and restricted under the Trump administration. And these are all executive actions that we can expect to be reversed and improved for immigrants under the Biden administration.
Basically just survive the next couple of months, as best as we can. Prepare, have those documents ready and then 2021 will be better. I guess my recap of that is like anything that Trump did, Biden is able to undo. And it sounds like he’s planning to as well. That is a great bottom line but it’s not going to be immediate.
People who are eligible for some form of relief like a family-based case or a VAWA case or a U-visa whatever it is, if you’re thinking “I’m just gonna wait”, “I just want to wait until Biden’s in office”, I think that if you’re eligible for a benefit, it makes sense to apply when you can because it gives you some protection.
If things get better and you’ve already filed, that’s great for you. If things get worse and you already filed you’re protected.
So that’s one reason I really try to encourage people not to wait.
And this is coming from experience where I’ve seen people wait because “Oh, things are gonna get better” or “I’m gonna save up my money” or whatever reason, and then the next thing, you know, the eligibility is gone for them and we can’t help them anymore or even worse they get put into proceedings and it’s a much harder case.
If you’re thinking about something and wondering what’s best for you, call us or text us because at the firm we wanna help as many people as we can.
That means helping you guys make the right determination about what’s best for you.
All day, every day we will tell people it’s not a good idea for you to do anything right now. We will tell people that, but it’s better to have that information.
Just call us if you have questions about this stuff.