Biden administration announces 100-day suspension of deportations of immigrants

"For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] will suspend the deportations of certain non-citizens whose deportations have been ordered," said interim secretary David Pekoske, recently appointed by Biden.

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The administration of the new American President, Joe Biden, announced Wednesday the 100-day suspension of deportations of immigrants, although with some exceptions, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.

"For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] will suspend the deportations of certain non-citizens whose deportations have been ordered," said interim secretary David Pekoske, recently appointed by Biden.

The reason, added Pekoske, is to "ensure" that the United States has "a fair and effective immigration system focused on protecting national security, border security and public security" by ordering "a review and restart" of the protocols.

The authorities did not provide details about people who are excluded from the new measure.

During the campaign, Biden had already committed himself to this suspension of deportations, although at the time he did so without exception.

Biden made this commitment after receiving harsh criticism during the democratic primaries for the mass deportations of the Barack Obama administration, of which he was vice president.

During Obama's presidency, three million immigrants were deported, more than under any other United States government, including that of Donald Trump.

The 100-day break in deportations is in addition to another measure announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security: the suspension of registration for the “Stay in Mexico” program, which allowed Trump to return asylum seekers to the neighboring country.

In addition, Biden approved a series of immigration measures under the package of 17 executive orders he signed after settling in the White House, such as reinforcing the program for undocumented youth known as “dreamers” or reviewing priorities in the detention of immigrants.

Biden also presented an immigration plan that provides for the regularization of 11 million undocumented migrants, although this project depends on the legislative power.

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