March 3, 2021

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Biden suspends deportations for 100 days

US President Joe Biden. Photo: EFE / EPA / JONATHAN ERNST

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden’s government announced on Wednesday night a 100-day suspension of deportations of immigrants, although with some exceptions, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“For 100 days, beginning January 22, 2021, DHS will suspend deportations of certain non-citizens whose deportation has been ordered,” detailed Acting Secretary David Pekoske, newly appointed by Biden.

The reason, Pekoske said, is to “ensure” that the United States has “a fair and effective immigration system focused on protecting national security, border security and public safety,” for which he ordered a “review and restart” of the protocols.

DHS did not provide details in the statement about those who are excluded from the 100-day measure.

During the campaign, Biden already committed to this suspension of deportations although at that time he did so without exceptions.

Biden made this commitment after receiving harsh criticism during the Democratic primaries for the mass deportations of the government of Barack Obama, of which he was vice president.

During the Obama presidency, three million immigrants were deported, more than under any other US government, including that of Donald Trump.

The 100-day pause of the deportations joins another measure announced Wednesday by DHS: The suspension of registrations from the “Stay in Mexico” program, which allowed Trump to return asylum seekers to the neighboring country.

In addition, Biden has approved a series of immigration measures within the package with 17 executive orders that he has signed after settling in the White House, such as the reinforcement of the program for undocumented youth known as “dreamers” or “dreamers” or the revision of priorities when arresting undocumented immigrants.

It has also presented an immigration plan that plans to regularize 11 million undocumented, although this project depends on the Legislature.

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