by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Joe Biden has pulled 65 pending Trump administration executive orders, many of which deal with key national security and immigration matters.
Several of the withdrawals strike down orders that would protect American jobs by tightening immigration restrictions and eliminate proposed oversight regulations on how China-backed Confucius Institutes operate on campus. The Biden administration selectively cut the orders, as some pending Trump administration actions remain under review.
Biden withdrew one Department of Homeland Security regulation that would bar foreign nationals with deportation orders from working. Under current law, outgoing aliens released from custody can still seek legal employment. The proposed—and now withdrawn—Trump executive order would increase protections for American workers by striking down such an expansive employment policy.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R., Texas) blasted Biden’s rollback on Trump-era regulations as “disheartening” and “disingenuous.”
“President Biden’s approach to immigration is both disheartening and predictable given the hypocrisy of the left. In less than one month, the Biden administration has steamrolled commonsense immigration policies simply because they were tied to President Trump,” Jackson said. “Clearly, Democrats are not serious about working across the aisle. Disingenuous attempts to legislate in a bipartisan manner are bad for effective policymaking and, in turn, for the American people.”
Robert Law, the director of regulatory affairs and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the withdrawal signals radicalism in Biden’s coming immigration agenda and that such reversals harm both the country’s security and economy.
“What is very apparent is that there is nothing moderate about the direction of immigration policy that the Biden administration, through his various political appointees, is pursuing,” Law said. “If there’s any immigration regulation or policy that the Trump administration approved that should be carried on, you would think it would be something like this.”