With the Stroke of a Pen, Joe Biden Rescinds Local and State Authority to Deny Refugees

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that revokes local and state authority to prevent refugees from being resettled in their communities.

Biden’s executive order undoes Donald Trump’s own executive order—EO 13888 of September 26, 2019—which was titled “Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement” and gave local and state governments leeway to accept or deny refugees as they saw fit.

President Biden also revoked Executive Order 13815 of October 24, 2017, which resumed the refugee admissions program with “enhanced vetting capabilities,” as well as a presidential memorandum from March 6, 2017 that implemented “heightened screening and vetting” of visa applications and “increased transparency” among various departments of the federal government.

HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, called Trump’s executive orders “harmful” to “immigrants and asylum seekers” and applauded Biden’s executive action.

The Biden Administration is pursuing immigration and refugee policies that are humane and compassionate, after four years and more of policies that have inflicted so much unnecessary pain. Dramatically changing course is also just plain common sense. Immigrants and refugees are good for the country, and the majority of Americans support treating immigrants and refugees fairly,” said senior vice president for public affairs Melanie Nezer.

Big League Politics is closely watching Biden’s disastrous immigration policies. We recently reported on the tidal wave of illegal aliens coming over the US-Mexico border who are then set free under the administration’s “catch and release” policy, according to Border Patrol agents stationed in Texas.