CORPUS CHRISTI — With Biden running on a platform that would allow more undocumented people to become citizens, the immigration community is getting ready for some of the law changes that will come with his presidency.
“It is going to take some time to work around the 400 law changes or changes…immigration changes that Trump made during his tenure,” Debra Rodriguez, an immigration lawyer at Rodriguez and Moretzsohn Immigration Attorneys said.
Rodriguez says she expects there will be an easier pathway to citizenship for the DACA recipients as well as a faster processing time for other undocumented citizens.
She also says she expects there won’t be policies like a ban on people who come from mostly Muslim countries.
However some immigration advocate groups like the South Texas Human Rights Center question whether Biden will deliver on his promises of reuniting families after serving with Obama, who during his presidency deported the most amount of undocumented immigrants.
“There’s a lot of things that can be done regarding the whole due process question but we remain skeptical regarding how far will Biden go?” Eduardo Canales, the secretary and treasure of the South Texas Human Rights Center said.
Canales believes Biden should deal with immigration as a source of economic development instead of an issue rooted in national security. He says people should be able to come here and work and then go back to their home countries without restrictions.