How Mayorkas Might Shape US Immigration Policy During The Biden Administration
Immigration Partner Leon Fresco was interviewed by The World about how Joe Biden's Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas might shape U.S. immigration policy. During the Obama administration, Mr. Mayorkas served as deputy secretary of Homeland Security. There, he worked on immigration with Mr. Fresco, who served in the attorney general's office at the time. In the interview, Mr. Fresco shared insight on Mr. Mayorkas's approach to public service as well as predictions for the future of DACA and the prioritization of border security.
"Well, I think the first thing you're going to see in addition to DACA is the elimination of what I would call country-based immigration bans," said Mr. Fresco. "And then there's going to be the longer work of what you do about the asylum program because while what's been done to the asylum program under President Trump hasn't comported with the Democratic Party's values, that's certainly true, you do run a practical problem that if you sort of undo all of that very quickly, you could risk a border surge during the COVID-19 crisis."