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Biden to sign an order to modernize the US immigration system on Tuesday

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President Joe Biden plans to sign a directive modernizing the US immigration system on Tuesday. Later than previously expected because of delays in confirming a new secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, the White House said on Friday

Biden is expected to sign an executive order (EO) on Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, to modernize the U.S. immigration system. No further details on the forthcoming executive order have been given.

The President had been scheduled to sign this EO today. However, delayed it until after the Senate’s confirmation vote. In favor of Alejandro Mayorkas, who is Biden’s nominee for the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mayorkas is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday evening. 

In related news, President Joe Biden signed an EO earlier this week. Entitled “Guaranteeing the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers“. That seeks to encourage federal agencies to buy goods made in America. One of the provisions in this order revokes the “Buy America, Hire American” executive order signed by Trump in 2017.

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Also, the “Hire American” parts of this now-rescinded executive order led to a number of policies. That created additional roadblocks for foreign nationals seeking admission in various nonimmigrant categories, including H1B, L-1, E-2, and F-1.

Moreover, Biden, a Democrat, has promised to reverse numerous policies. Which set up by previous Republican President Trump, a process that could require months or years.

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