Biden, Trump Administration, Biden Administration discussed on All Things Considered

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We've confirmed Alejandro. My orcas would be the first Latino and the first immigrant to become secretary of Homeland Security. The Biden transition team announced his nomination today he'd be taking on a big job leading a sprawling department that's charged with protecting the president, airport screening and cyber security. But the biggest change is likely to be how the department handles immigration and border security. NPR's Joel Rose covers immigration. He joins us now, Joel, What else? Can you tell us about his background? Well, he's a veteran of the Obama administration. Ah, former deputy secretary of DHS, also a former federal prosecutor in California, where he grew up, as you said he is an immigrant born in Cuba. His parents fled the communist regime to the U. S. When he was very young. Here is my artist a few years ago, talking about how that shaped his life. I'm a political refugee and my identity as a political refugee was extraordinarily important to my upbringing. And my parents were very focused on instilling Can be a deep sense of what it means and what it meant to be an individual displaced from one's home. This nomination already marked symbolic shift away from the Trump administration, which drastically cut the number of refugees allowed into the U. S. And regularly portrayed refugees and asylum seekers as a burden and threat. Does this reflect in any way the Biden administration's priorities for DHS My artists will be the one tasked with undoing many of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, as Biden has promised to do. I talked to shift allowed the Haney about him. She worked at my orchestra. U. S citizenship and Immigration Services. Ondas, now with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. It sends a signal that the Biden administration is serious about reforming all the wrongs that have happened to our immigration system in the past four years because by selecting someone who Has deep immigration expertise A secretary. It signals that this will be a big priority. We don't advocate seemed very happy with his choice. My orchids also served as director of the agency in charge of legal immigration. He was one of the original architect of DACA program that shields immigrants brought to the country illegally as Children from deportation. On day. Think of experience will help him deliver around Biden's promises to quickly reinstate Daka in full, for example, also to get rid of the Trump administration's travel ban. Can you talk about some of the challenges that he's likely to face? One big problem is morale. On the one hand, the agency that handles visas and legal immigration has been plagued by financial problems will have to address that, on the other hand, people at enforcement agencies Inside. DHS, like the Border Patrol welcome to many of the Trump administration's policies, including the border wall, and they will not be happy to see those policies go away. And some of President Trump's policies will not be so easy to undo, particularly at the southern border. Biden has pledged to restore protections for asylum seekers. But the trick will be to do that in a way that does not also invite a new surge of migrants seeking entry at the border, and that's going to be a difficult balancing act. Finally his chances at confirmation. Well, a lot will depend probably on who controls the Senate. I should note that my Orkest did win Senate confirmation for his previous posts at DHS, although that was not without some controversy at the time. He was criticized by the department's inspector general. Accused my artist of creating an appearance of favoritism and how.

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