Immigration Roundup for 2021

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 34

View Podcast Archive


Listen to "Immigration Roundup for 2021" on Spreaker.


Center for Immigration Studies’ analysts come together for this year’s final episode of Parsing Immigration Policy to discuss the top immigration stories of 2021 and to predict the biggest immigration stories of 2022. Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of the podcast, leads the conversation focusing on three key immigration issues: the border, interior enforcement, and regulatory rule-making.

Andrew R. Arthur, the Center’s fellow in law and policy, discusses the surge in illegal immigration at the southern border. Apprehensions at the southwest border have been the highest in history this fiscal year, and the current surge shows no sign of slowing. Those apprehended are also no longer predominantly single adult males from Mexico; this fiscal year’s apprehension number of unaccompanied minor children reached the highest number in history, and the majority of migrants entering were not citizens of Mexico. Arthur argues that the Biden administration is attempting to effectively legalize illegal immigration.

Jessica M. Vaughan, the Center’s director of policy studies, focuses on the Biden administration’s gutting of interior immigration enforcement, as illustrated by a 90 percent drop in deportations compared to 2019, including a two-thirds drop in the deportation of those convicted of serious crimes. The administration has narrowed the types of cases that ICE officers can act on and limited places where they can actually make arrests, creating a “sanctuary country.” Vaughan says, “The Biden administration… would like people to believe that it is no longer illegal to be here illegally.”

Robert Law, director of regulatory affairs, speaks to the Biden administration’s actions on regulations. They have been quick to end Trump-era policies, often by using a side-door to end final regulations by refusing to defend them in court. Judges have been able to nullify procedural rulemaking requirements, short-circuiting the entire regulatory process, and allowing policies that would have never been enacted by Congress. Law highlights action on asylum, DACA, and the crowd-sourcing of policy goals and decisions.

What can the public expect in 2022? Tune in and hear the Center’s predictions.


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Jessica M. Vaughan, the Center’s director of policy studies.

Robert Law, the Center’s director of regulatory affairs.

Andrew R. Arthur, the Center’s fellow in law and policy.


Deportations Plummet Under Biden Enforcement Policies

How the Border Became the Disaster It Is, and How Biden Wants to Make It Worse

CIS Submits Comment on DACA Proposed Rule


Follow Parsing Immigration Policy on Ricochet, Apple Podcasts, Amazon MusicSpotify, StitcherGoogle Podcasts

Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Alan Rickman in "Die Hard".