That said, the process is going to go slowly, with migrants registering with designated international organizations, being tested for COVID-19 in Mexico, and having their claims heard at just three ports of entry.
“Individuals who are not eligible under this initial phase should wait for further instructions and not travel to the border,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. “Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced.”
Undoing any single part of the damage Trump did on immigration—and there are so many parts—is going to take time. As with so many things, the full measure of change that’s needed will have to come from Congress. But Biden is starting the job.