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US Immigration: The Long Road to January 20th...And Beyond

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing US Immigration matters. I have had a lot of people contacting me recently with respect to the presumptive president-elect Joe Biden and the likelihood of things changing under a Biden Administration with respect to Immigration. Presumably things would change for lack of a better term, for the better with respect to especially the administrative rules associated with US Immigration which have become quite a morass in especially the last two years in earnest because we have actually seen the practical implications of a lot of the changes of their rules. 

That said, it is a long way to go to January 20th right now and that is presuming Biden wins. I did another video where I said to people I am not trying to be a buzz kill but we are not actually to the point where legally speaking we can say that it is a foregone conclusion. That stated, it looks like a pretty good bet that is how this is going to play out just based on what we are seeing out there in the relevant media sources. That stated, it is not a foregone conclusion; we made video on that and you can go check out that video. 

On top of that, and I have been trying to get this across to clients, it is a long way to go to January 20th. Things aren't just going to magically change on January 21st either. We have got a long way to go. Trump and his Administration are still going to be dealing with Immigration matters in the same manner in which they have been doing up to this point presumably. Therefore and as I made another video on this as well, things aren't just going to POOF and go back to the way that they were 4 years ago upon Biden being sworn in. In fact, quite the contrary, it is going to take a while and as I said in that video it took the Trump folks 14 - 20 months before we really started seeing things change a lot, at least in my cases before I really started sort of seeing this for lack of a better term, seep into the system and really start making a substantive difference in how these cases were processing. 

Now that isn't to say that things might not quickly change. I suspect the paradigm within Department of Homeland Security especially will change rather abruptly because you are going to see the entire upper Administration, the entirety of the upper bureaucracy if you will, is going to be removed and we are going to see new people who I suspect have a more positive for lack of better word, positive attitude toward immigrants or at least presumptively or maybe I should say don't have an overly negative view of immigrants, maybe that is a better way to view it. Long story short, yes I think we are going to see changes once Biden is confirmed, once he is inaugurated, sworn in. Until then and until there has been some time for new Executive Orders to be issued and for whatever orders that are promulgated to be actually enforced through the regulatory system it is going to take a minute; it is not going to take a minute, it is going to take weeks and possibly months. It is going to take time.

Again and I have said this to clients and I know people think I have been told I am bursting their bubble, I am a buzzkill. I do get it. That is not my point. I am just trying to be prudent. Again hope for the best, plan for the worst. That is all I am trying to do with respect to these couple of videos. I am not trying to be pessimistic on this. It is just this is where we stand as of now and we need to plan accordingly.