Changes in Immigration System will not be overnight

By Atty.  Chris Caday Lozano

While the executive actions that Trump used to restrict immigration may be reversed in one day by President elect Joe Biden, the Asylum processing at the southern border will take a while.  President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration warned that any transformational changes to the immigration system won’t happen overnight, trying to temper expectations that a Democrat in the White House would quickly unravel the Trump administration’s years of hardline and chaotic policies.

Transition officials did, however, discuss plans to change procedures for those seeking asylum at the southern border. The incoming administration said it wants to identify the most vulnerable immigrants and process their claims first — instead of on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The change is as part of the Biden team’s plan to rethink asylum processing altogether, transition officials said on a call with reporters.

“The Trump administration’s severe restrictions placed on immigrants — and all of the policy, staffing, and logistical changes that come with that — means the system will need to be put back in place carefully, a Biden transition official said. “It’s an enormous challenge, really, because the current administration broke so many things,” a transition official said.

The Trump administration issued an order, citing the pandemic, that effectively blocks most immigrants from accessing the US immigration system. Before the pandemic, border officers would regulate how many immigrants were allowed to enter the US at official crossings to request asylum, a process known as queue management or “metering.”

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told EFE. “Migrants and asylum-seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

Note:  This is not a legal advice.


1.       For the month of October 2020, we received from USCIS seven approvals of Family petitions, and one Removal of Condition on residence.      

2.       For the month of September 2020, we received three naturalization approvals, four I-130 petition approvals and one DACA approval.

3.       For the month of August 2020, we received three renewals of green card and four naturalization approvals from USCIS.

4.       For the month of July 2020, we received two approvals of Naturalization applications from USCIS.

5.       For the month of June 2020, we received approvals from USCIS two naturalization applications, two renewal of green card and one adjustment of status.

6.       For the month of May 2020, we received approvals from USCIS for three green card renewals, two adjustments of status, and one naturalization application.

7.       for the month of April 2020. We received approval of one adjustment of status, three removal of condition on residence and one renewal of green card.   

8.       For the month of March 2020, we received six Adjustment of Status and three Naturalization approvals from USCIS.

9.       For the month of February 2020, we received approvals from USCIS of five Adjustment of Status applications and three Naturalization applications.

10.     For the month of January 2020, we received approvals from USCIS of five Adjustments of status applications, three N-400 applications for naturalization and three fiancé visa applications.         

11.     For the month of December 2019, we received four approvals of naturalization applications, five approvals of Adjustment of Status applications, two approvals of Petition to remove condition on residence, one renewal of green card approval and one green card application at the U.S. Embassy.  

12.     For the month of November 2019, we received approvals of one naturalization application, one renewal of green card, one Petition to remove condition on residence and one adjustment of status.      


If you have immigration problems the Law Offices of Crispin C. Lozano can help you find a solution before your problem gets worse which could lead to deportation and family separation. 

Chris Caday Lozano, Esq. is an active member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers.  He practices immigration law, bankruptcy and personal injury law since June 1999.  His contact phone is 1-877-456-9266, email: 

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