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Biden vowed to fix America’s immigration system. Here’s what he achieved in his first year

January 20, 2022

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One year into President Joe Biden’s tenure, we take a look at the status of some of his key campaign promises surrounding immigration. President Biden came into office promising to undo the aggressive policies of the previous administration, and usher in a more humane approach. Amna Nawaz lays out how he’s doing on that front.

Five Facts

  • What were some of Joe Biden’s promises on immigration while he was running for president?
  • Why do many feel Biden hasn’t done enough in his first year?
  • Wen did border crossings rise to a 20 year high?
  • How has President Biden reversed some of President Trump’s policies?
  • Who are some of the people left in legal limbo by current immigration policies?

Focus Questions

Do you think changing rhetoric around the value of immigration makes a significant difference? If so, in what way? If not, what is most important to address in current immigration policy?

Media literacy: What aspect of immigration policy mentioned in this piece was least clear to you? How could you find out more about it?

For More

What steps has the administration taken to change how immigration laws are enforced (even without Congress acting)? See this article to find out.


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