Biden’s approach to immigration a welcome change, but still fundamentally flawed; immigration a major challenge for any administration, says Darius Amiri, Rose Law Group Immigration Department Chair

A group of members with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition holds a banner that says, “Stop Deportations. Immigration Reform Now” in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo courtesy of Karina Ruiz

By James E. Garcia | Arizona Mirror

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published here for discussion purposes only.)    `

Vice President Kamala Harris’s whirlwind swing recently through Guatemala and Mexico will do little to quell concerns in the short run about the latest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our southern border, but it’s as good an occasion as any to take a measure of President Joe Biden’s emerging immigration doctrine.

A lot has happened on immigration since Biden took office, but the administration’s actions so far have been less about breaking new ground than trying to repair the enormous damage done by Donald Trump, the single most anti-immigrant president in modern history.

“The article highlights a major challenge for any presidential administration tackling the topic of immigration moving forward: reconciling the fact that our domestic labor force is shrinking due to an aging population with the negative associations with immigration that have been cast by decades of politicizing the subject. The bottom line is that America needs comprehensive immigration reform to effectively address the needs of a growing modern economy.” 
Darius Amiri, Rose Law Group Immigration Dept. Chair


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