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Will Biden's administration create an immigrant-friendly atmosphere?

According to the Biden campaign, there seems to be a push for reversing the Trump administration's immigration policies. This means fewer Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and denials from the USCIS, which does not seem to be the pattern within the agency at this point of time. Biden is also looking at increasing the number of employment visas and providing a path to legalization for the 12 million undocumented immigrants. This of course, depends on whether the Democrats take the Senate.

The first 100 days of this Presidency will be involved primarily in matters outside the immigration realm, however, there can be a possible moratorium on deportation and reversal of Trump's 2017 and 2020 ban on immigration from certain countries. Biden plans on allowing PhD graduates in STEM fields to be exempt from any cap on visas.

The makeup of the Democratic Party has changed, and its base has adopted a fundamentally more progressive attitude on immigration in a relatively short time span, which poses a challenge for party leaders. In 1994, 32 percent of Democrats said immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents. Today, 83 percent of Democrats feel that way, according to polling from the Pew Research Center. This can signal a positive impact on immigrants.

Of course, we are dealing with politics so all I can say is the future is up in the air at this time but tis' the season to hope for the best.

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