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Biden is pushing the move away from Trump's “zero tolerance policy” against migrants

With one of three orders, the new US president wants to ensure that children who have been separated from their parents at the border are reunited with their families.

By signing three rulings, the new US President Joe Biden has pushed ahead with the change in course he is aiming for in migration policy. He is revoking orders issued by his predecessor Donald Trump on immigration and asylum issues that are contrary to the character and security of the United States, Biden said in the White House on Tuesday (local time).

With an order, Biden wants to reunite migrant families who were separated by US authorities on the border with Mexico during Trump's tenure. The procedure was part of Trump's “zero tolerance policy”, which was intended to deter immigrants. The practice of separating children from their parents caused international outrage. Biden now described the procedure as the "moral disgrace of the previous government".

With a further decree, regulations of the previous government are to be checked and if necessary reversed, with which the US border with Mexico was actually closed for asylum seekers. In the long term, the Biden government wanted to tackle migration from Central America more by combating the causes of flight and humane regulations, it said. Currently, the border with Mexico is largely closed anyway because of the pandemic.

Other regulations that have created hurdles for legal migration are now being scrutinized, the government said. Efforts to integrate immigrants are to be coordinated centrally from the White House in the future.

Trump had taken a tough course in migration policy and tried in various ways to seal off the country.