President Joe Biden has signed three executive orders that take aim at his predecessor's hardline immigration policies and try to rectify the consequences of those policies.
They will build upon the actions taken in Biden's first days in office and begin to provide a clearer picture of the administration's immigration priorities.
"My grandfather would say by the grace of God and goodwill of the neighbors, we'll reunite these children and re-establish our reputation as being a haven for people in need," Biden said after signing the orders.
Here's what they will do:
- Create a task force that would reunify families: The task force will be chaired by the Department of Homeland Security secretary. The goal will be to find parents separated from their children under the former administration. The task force will also give regular reports to the President, including one containing recommendations.
- Address the root cause of migration: This executive order will focus on providing support to Central America to stem the flow of migrants to the US-Mexico border and provide other pathways to migrate to the US without journeying north. This includes things like providing aid to combat corruption and taking a series of actions to restore the asylum process.
- Review the legal immigration system: This order will work to promote immigrant integration and inclusion, according to the White House, and re-establish a Task Force on New Americans. It will also spur a review of the public charge rule which makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.
Hours into his presidency, Biden moved to swiftly undo many Trump administration policies in a series of executive actions. But his administration has already faced legal hurdles in implementing those policies.