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Immigration Advocates Pin Hopes On Biden-Harris

A woman holds a Joe Biden mask as people march in downtown Los Angeles celebrating after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 7, 2020. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
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The deluge of White House announcements on immigration policy has kept immigrant rights advocates on constant defense the last four years. The end of a Trump administration is a relief to many, like Camila Alvarez, legal director for the Central American Resource Center. But she says, change won't come overnight…

"So much has been done in many different states and many different jurisdictions, that's complicated. There's changes in the actual law -- there has to be new proposed rules in a lot of those scenarios."

Advocates hope for an even more productive relationship with a Biden administration than they did with the Obama White House. Despite passing DACA, Obama earned the moniker "Deporter in Chief" in some circles.

Pablo Alvarado, co-executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network told us he hopes that vice-president elect Kamala Harris's experience as a daughter of immigrants will make a difference in future policy.

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He said he expects Biden to reinstate DACA and Temporary Protective Status for certain immigrants. "There's no reason why they shouldn't have that," he said.