Tracking Biden’s Immigration Actions

Boundless is tracking Biden's immigration policies and his efforts to reverse Trump-era restrictions

Jun 9, 2021

Joe Biden took office a less than a year ago, and in that time he has made it clear that reforming the U.S. immigration system is a top priority. On day one, he reversed some of his predecessor’s more egregious actions, including banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Then he unveiled a sweeping immigration agenda that proposed an 8-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

These initial actions are likely just the start of Biden’s plans to overhaul legal immigration to the United States.

Boundless is tracking Biden’s immigration actions and his rollback of Trump-era measures. Note that the Trump administration undertook more than 400 immigration executive actions over the course of four years. Boundless has therefore focused on the executive orders and policies that have had the greatest impact on the U.S. legal immigration system.

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Each tracker is organized by topic:

Legal Immigration

Biden has so far issued three executive orders related to legal immigration, including preserving and fortifying DACA and a top-to-bottom review of Trump-era policies restricting legal immigration.

Biden legal immigration tracker


The Trump administration focused on systematically dismantling programs put in place to protect vulnerable people crossing the border. Biden swiftly reversed some of Trump’s actions, including rebuilding the decades-old U.S. refugee program and creating a task force to reunify families separated at the border.

Biden immigration humanitarian tracker

Entry bans

Trump’s first executive order as president was to ban immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, a ban he later extended to include additional countries. Biden reversed both those bans as well as one banning new green cards during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden immigration policies

Work visas

Biden has yet to rescind any of the Trump administration’s restrictions on work visas.

Biden immigration policies


One of the cornerstones of Trump’s presidential campaign was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and during his first month in office, he acted on that pledge, ordering construction to begin. Biden issued an executive order halting construction of the wall, calling it “a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security.”

Biden immigration security tracker

Public charge

The public charge rule made it harder for low-income people to obtain green cards. Biden rescinded the Trump-era rule shortly after taking office.

Red tape

A key strategy of the Trump administration was to add barriers to the immigration process, such as increased paperwork and unnecessary green card interviews. So far many of these actions are still in place, although Biden has rescinded two Trump-era actions, including a bid to exclude undocumented immigrants from a key census count.

Immigration fees

In a move that alarmed immigration advocates and prospective immigrants, the Trump administration proposed significantly increasing immigration fees for green card and citizenship applications. A federal court blocked the policy just days before it was set to go into effect. Biden is yet to roll back additional Trump policies related to immigration fees.

Biden immigration fees tracker

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