On Election Day, around 30 undocumented immigrants, mostly from Central America, crowded into a small room at the back of a house near the U.S.-Mexican border belonging to ‘El Cuate,’ a prolific people smuggler. They were following the news carefully, as they all believed their futures depended on the outcome.
During the last days of his campaign, Biden pledged “there will not be another foot of wall constructed” during his administration after he takes office in January.
Biden also planned to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations, prioritize the deportation of immigrants with criminal convictions, and to end the policy of making hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers remain in Mexico, according to CBS News.
These reports and the demise of President Trump have left immigrants and smugglers at the border celebrating the election result and expecting more lenient measures on border security.
‘El Cuate,’ who declined to give his real name, is one of them. He is hoping Biden will continue Obama’s border enforcement policies.