Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden talks with a protester objecting to his stance on deportations during a town hall at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. President Joe Biden's administration has deported hundreds of people in its first days in office despite the president's campaign pledge to halt most deportations at the beginning of his term. It’s unclear how many of the people deported in recent days are considered national security or public safety threats or recently crossed the border illegally, as prescribed by new guidance issued by Biden’s Department of Homeland Security to enforcement agencies. That guidance went into effect Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, file)
(AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to address harm to thousands of families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, expanding efforts to quickly undo relentless changes to immigration policy over the last four years.
President Joe Biden’s orders on family separations, border security and legal immigration bring to nine the number of executive actions on immigration during his first two weeks in office. The moves aim to reverse many of former President Donald Trump’s policies to deter immigration, both legal and illegal.
Biden’s nominee as Homeland Security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, would lead a task force on family separation, focused largely on reuniting parents and children who remain apart.