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Roybal-Allard Statement on President Biden’s Executive Orders Relating to Immigration

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Washington, February 2, 2021 | Benjamin Bryant (202-309-2383) | comments

Washington, DC –  Today, after President Biden announced additional executive orders to rebuild and strengthen the nation’s immigration system, including the organization of a task force to help reunify families separated at the southern border, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s additional executive orders relating to immigration confirm that he considers creating a modern, fair, and just immigration system to be a top priority. 

“The family reunification task force, chaired by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will enhance efforts to reunite the families who were cruelly separated by the previous administration. As someone who has fought against the family separation policy, I am optimistic that the Biden Administration’s efforts to work alongside key stakeholders, representatives of impacted families, and other partners will strengthen our ability to reunite children and their parents and prevent similar tragedies from reoccurring in the future.

“President Biden’s plan to examine the factors driving migration to our southern border from Central America is essential to develop strategies to address the root causes of migration to the United States. I am also pleased that President Biden’s executive orders will review the Public Charge Rule, re-establish a Task Force on New Americans, and develop an equitable, efficient naturalization process.

“While I applaud President Biden for issuing these executive orders, much more work remains to be done in Congress to pass long-overdue immigration reform legislation. Our nation is stronger and more prosperous with a fair immigration system that secures our borders, treats immigrants with dignity and respect, and enables immigrants to contribute to our country and pursue the American Dream without fear.”  

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