Biden issues order keeping Palestinians in US for now

by ian

President Joe Biden yesterday issued an executive order that halts all Palestinian immigrant deportations in the US, saying the war in Gaza makes it too dangerous to send them back.

Democratic lawmakers in Congress demanded such a move last year. The White House memorandum ordered the “deferral of removal of certain Palestinians who are present in the United States.” It’s expected to shield several thousand Palestinians living in the US from deportation for at least 18 months.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the president’s move would also give Palestinians in the US a “temporary safe haven” from the “significantly deteriorated humanitarian conditions in Gaza.”