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President Joe Biden talks about the events of January 6 in the Caoitol rotunda

President Joe Biden talks about the events of January 6 in the Capitol rotunda. | The White House

January 24, 2022

President Biden's First Year in Review

Ask Students: What were some of Joe Biden’s promises on immigration while he was running for president? Why do many feel Biden hasn’t done enough in his first year?

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Summary

One year into President Joe Biden’s tenure, we take a look at the status of some of his key campaign promises surrounding immigration. President Biden came into office promising to undo the aggressive policies of the previous administration, and usher in a more humane approach. Amna Nawaz lays out how he’s doing on that front. 

Discussion Questions

  • What were some of Joe Biden’s promises on immigration while he was running for president?
    Why do many feel Biden hasn’t done enough in his first year?
    When did border crossings rise to a 20 year high?
    How has President Biden reversed some of President Trump’s policies?
    Who are some of the people left in legal limbo by current immigration policies?

Focus Questions

Do you think changing rhetoric around the value of immigration makes a significant difference? If so, in what way? If not, what is most important to address in current immigration policy?

Media literacy: What aspect of immigration policy mentioned in this piece was least clear to you? How could you find out more about it?

Additional Resource

What steps has the administration taken to change how immigration laws are enforced (even without Congress acting)?

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President Biden and Vice President Harris in a meeting discussion immigration.

President Biden and Vice President Harris in a meeting discussion immigration. | The White House

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