On March 1, 2022, President Biden delivered his State of the Union speech. He spoke on several topics, including the war between Russia and Ukraine, inflation, prescription drug prices, the COVID-19 pandemic, and bringing industry and manufacturing back to America, among other topics. He did speak about immigration, but he didn’t spend much time on the subject.
Here’s what he said about immigration:
-More technology has been added at the border to detect drug smuggling;
-Joint patrols have been set up in Guatemala and Mexico to catch more human trafickers;
-They’re working with partners in Central and South America to host more refugees and helping with securing their borders;
-Give a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farmworkers, and essential workers;
-Change the laws that would allow businesses to hire more workers, and so families don’t have to wait decades to be reunited;
-Put in more immigration judges to hear cases faster (there is a massive backlog of cases with many people waiting years before their cases are heard before a judge).
Comprehensive immigration reform has not happened for a long time, so it’s yet to be seen if it will happen during this administration.