The Biden administration issued a new outline for overhauling the United State’s immigration system in a “fair, orderly, and humane” way.  “The Administration has made considerable progress to build a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to call on Congress to make long overdue reforms to U.S. immigration laws,” a notice regarding the plan said, while also stating that “the prior Administration’s cruel and reckless immigration policies, which exacerbated long-standing challenges and failed to securely manage our border,” made it impossible to achieve “overnight” success “in building this fair, orderly, and humane immigration system.”  “We will always be a nation of borders, and we will enforce our immigration laws in a way that is fair and just,” the statement continued. “We will continue to work to fortify an orderly immigration system.”

The new blueprint outlines five specific areas in which agencies will work to implement the President’s vision for a 21st century immigration system including:

  • Ensuring a secure, humane, and well-managed border
  • Implementing orderly and fair processing of asylum applications
  • Strengthening collaborative migration management with regional partners
  • Investing in Central America to address the root causes of migration



The new White House plan comes just two days after Biden appeared to walk back previous comments he made on the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program participants.  The president has told reporters that it “remains to be seen” if Senate Democrats will include a pathway to citizenship in the $3.5 trillion proposal.