Biden Imposes 100-Day 'Pause' on Deportations of All Illegal Aliens
Enforcement policies was signed by acting Department of Homeland Security secretary
Joe Biden has issued a "pause" for 100 days on all deportations of illegal immigrants within 24 hours of him being 'sworn in.'
A review of immigration enforcement policies was signed by Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary David Pekoske in a memorandum.
The 100-day pause will begin Friday, of "certain noncitizens ordered deported."
DHS said in a statement:
"The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century."
During Biden's 2020 campaign, he promised to implement a 100-day moratorium, and the order from DHS fulfills that promise.
It would apply to any noncitizen with a final order of removal with very limited exceptions.
But it would also exclude those who engaged in terrorism or espionage or who pose a danger to national security.
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Those who were not present in the U.S. before Nov. 1, 2020, would also be excluded.
The move will allow many illegal immigrants with criminal convictions not to be deported.
Biden also signed an executive order halting the construction of the wall at the southern border.
He also signed a memorandum to protect the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, protecting illegal immigrants brought into the US as children.
What's more, Biden signed several anti-Trump executive orders, which included rescind the permit for TC Energy to build the Keystone XL pipeline that may be the largest hit to the economy.
The move is costing as many as 11,000 Americans jobs, including 8,000 union positions.
The figures for job losses were revealed in an October TC news release estimating the number of jobs that pipeline construction would add to the economy in 2021.
The project would have added $1.6 billion in gross wages to the U.S. economy in 2021 at a time when jobs are most needed.