Back to Top skip to main content
GandS U.S. Immigration Logo
Oct 9, 2020

Biden Vs. Trump Comparison

Jonathan A. Grode

As we approach the November elections it has never been clearer that this country faces upheaval and challenges that will bring about dramatic, lasting, and hopefully vital changes to our nation and its people. Of those people a record 44.8 million are immigrants, making up 13.7% of the nation’s population as of 2018 [1]. Immigration policy continues to play a significant role in the political debates raging in this country and has been bolstered significantly by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic which has served to reinforce the Trump administration’s anti-immigration agenda. The Trump presidency will have lasting effects on the U.S. immigration system long after his time in office. The administration worked at a rapid-fire pace ensuring that more than 400 policy changes on immigration were enacted during the four years he was in office. Future administrations will struggle with both the will and resources to undo these changes [2]. Below is a table comparing how the two candidates have and will handle immigration policy in the United States.

Trump Biden Immigration Graphic All  

1]Abby Budiman et al., Facts on U.S. immigrants, 2018 Statistical portrait of the foreign-born population in the United States (2020),

[2]Pierce and Bolter, supra note 1.

[3]Sarah Pierce & Jessica Bolter, Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency 126 (2020),

[4]The Biden Plan for Securing Our Values as a Nation of Immigrants | Joe Biden for President: Official Campaign Website, , (last visited Sep 28, 2020).

Related Team

Jonathan Grode

Jonathan A. Grode



email Jonathan

Philadelphia (US Headquarters)
Providence (New England)

Full Biography

Jonathan A. Grode

Recent Blogs

Oct 15, 2021

For the Vaccinated, Travel Restrictions Will End on November 8th

The Biden Administration has designated November 8, 2021, as the official end of the COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals. Noncitizens will be able to travel to the U.S. via land, sea, and air from November 8th onward. Follow-up information will be necessary as the specific requirements for testing and procedures for those who are not vaccinated is published. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 05, 2021

Diversity Lottery Registration to Open October 6, 2021

The Department of State announced on their website that the online registration for the 2023 Diversity Visa Program is set to open on Wednesday October 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, (EDT), and will close on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 12:00. The Department has also published its website the DV-2023 Program Instructions. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 01, 2021

Croatia Becomes Newest Nation to Participate in Visa Waiver Program

Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement on Tuesday announcing Croatia as the newest participant in the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more in this blog.