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Joe Biden wants the U.S. to have open borders.

Joe Biden is reversing some Trump-era immigration policies and wants to improve the border immigration process, but does not want open borders.

An open border is a border that allows the free movement of people and goods between one country to another with few or no restrictions on movement. The open border lacks any substantive border control.

During the 2020 presidential campaign and debates, former President Donald Trump claimed that President Joe Biden wants to allow immigrants without any legal documents and wants to stop deportation and abolish immigration detention and enforcement. Trump also claimed that Biden intends to expand asylum and education for all illegal immigrants. He added that Biden would demolish the U.S.-Mexican border wall if he takes office. Trump's supporters circulated these claims on social media, stating that Biden wants the U.S. to have open borders.

Biden, on the other hand, has never proposed the idea of having an open border. Biden believes that the Trump administration was deliberately targeting families fleeing violence in Central America, who usually present themselves to the border patrol. Biden wants to come down heavily on traffickers and drug smugglers at the borders, who, according to him, evaded authorities very easily as the Trump administration was more focused on repealing the asylum seekers.

During his campaign, Biden argued that he would invest in smarter border technology to improve the cargo screening at the borders. In August 2020, Biden clarified that he would not demolish the U.S.-Mexico border wall but would halt its construction process. Biden also plans to offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country. Susan E. Rice, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, in an interview in December 2020 with the Spanish wire service EFE said, "the new administration would offer a transformative vision for addressing migration in our region” and would work to build “a fair, humane and orderly immigration system.” She added, “Our priority is to reopen asylum processing at the border consistent with the capacity to do so safely and to protect public health, especially in the context of COVID-19,” she said. “This effort will begin immediately, but it will take months to develop the capacity that we will need to reopen fully.”

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