United States: Biden builds confidence, not a wall

President aims to curb immigration by investing in Central America, write Jonas Gamso and Farhod Yuldashev

The World Today Published 4 June 2021 2 minute READ

Jonas Gamso

Assistant professor of international trade and global studies, Arizona State University

Farhod Yuldashev

Holds a PhD in public and international affairs

Immigration reform is among the Biden administration’s top policy priorities, alongside management of the pandemic and infrastructure. The president’s plan includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, efforts to prevent family separations and strategies to reduce the flow of immigrants across the southern border. 

In contrast to Donald Trump, Biden will not build a wall to stem immigration but instead plans to use foreign aid to address poverty, disaster relief, corruption and other ‘root causes’ that lead people to flee their country in the hope of a better life in the United States. This approach aims to slow immigration to a manageable pace, but to achieve this aid must be carefully targeted, consistently distributed and accompanied by efforts to spur private investment in Central America.

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