A few days ago, USCIS published a new “Policy Alert” advising officers to treat prior decisions by other officers with deference. Meaning: do not re-adjudicate what was already adjudicated in a previous round of application or petition.
RETURN OF COMMON SENSE (3)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a few days ago a cancellation of another procedure from the Trump days.
During the Trump era, ICE was imposing FINANCIAL PENALTIES on undocumented or illegal aliens (today: non-citizen) who did not leave the U.S. when required to do so. The penalties were in the thousands of dollars per person.
Now ICE determined that this was not a useful procedure. Experience has shown that burdening these non-citizens with heavy debts to the Federal government did not encourage them to leave the U.S.
FIRST 100 DAYS – THE BIG WAIT
In matters of Immigration, the Biden administration accomplished many things during its first 100 days.
But all these accomplishments were by way of “cancellation” – cancelling restrictions and obstacles created by the Trump administration, such as Travel Bans, Public Charge rules, Political Asylum procedures, etc.
However, we are still waiting for any action in Congress, any efforts to pass new immigration laws, such as in the matter of DACA, or Immigration Reform, or legalization of millions of non-citizens.
Hopefully, in the Second 100 days.