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Kamala Harris Provides an Update Regarding Immigration under the new Presidential Administration

Vice President Kamala Harris was interviewed by Ilia Calderon, a reporter from Univision, to discuss the direction that the new administration will take regarding immigration policy. President-elect Joe Biden intends to reduce the amount of time required for green card holders to obtain naturalization. Harris stated that the new administration will focus on decreasing the wait times for green cards, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and citizenship. Harris also mentioned that the administration plans to add more immigration judges to decrease backlogs in court. There will also be a bill that would grant TPS holders and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) green cards while working toward decreasing the amount of time that is required to apply for citizenship. According to Harris, the time would be reduced from thirteen years to eight years. Harris claims that decreasing the time requirement would increase the efficiency of the process. This is a step in the right direction.

An undocumented activist group organized by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and the Immigrant Justice Network is partnering with faith leaders in Delaware to demand a meeting with President-elect Joe Biden. These activists want Biden to act immediately on what he had promised to immigrants. They would like Biden to stop deportation and to reverse the executive orders that President Trump created when he targeted immigrants. So far, Biden has overturned Trump’s executive order that made everyone in the United States illegally a priority for removal and he ordered a freeze on certain deportations while his administration drafted a new policy regarding priorities for removal. In addition, he issued an executive order that overturned the Muslim travel ban, one that extended TPS protection for Liberians, and ordered changes to make DACA stronger, among other executive orders.

If you have any questions regarding how this may impact your case, please call Pikes Peak Immigration to schedule a consultation or a meeting.


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