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Biden’s immigration declarations open up new political terrain

By Truthout)

Mexico City — After four years of racist Trump-era immigration policy designed to appeal to white supremacists, migrant justice activists and allies are welcoming a series of changes by U.S. President Joe Biden. However, they signaled that the proposed reforms are only the beginning, and warned that these changes will need to be accompanied by major shifts in U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America.

On his first day in office, Biden announced a series of executive orders that included a reversal of some of former president Donald Trump’s most hardline immigration policies. Biden’s orders included efforts to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, softening certain forms immigration enforcement, ending construction of the physical border wall and rolling back the “Remain in Mexico” program, as well as a memorandum calling for a 100-day moratorium on some deportations.

“The executive orders for us, they’re really the floor, not the ceiling,” Jacinta González, said senior campaign organizer with Mijente.

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