The Biden Administration will issue an order stopping construction of the border wall on its first day.
The incoming president has not said what he plans to do with the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers living in limbo in crowded shelters and makeshift camps along the border.
The Republican congressman spoke of looking to "continue to harness the energy of the Trump movement."
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at noon on Wednesday. Kamala Harris will become the 49th vice president.
Actions related to the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and racial equality are to be among the first taken as he begins his tenure.
Trump chose not to issue pardons for himself of his personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
The president's flurry of pardons include former Israeli air force colonel Aviem Sella, who recruited the infamous spy Jonathan Pollard.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be freed after serving just seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for bribery and racketeering charges while holding public office.
Religious conservatives and law-enforcement officers who were uncomfortable with family separations may be open to immigration reform.
The outgoing president announced 73 pardons, with the former fundraiser who aided his efforts in 2016 among them.
"Every time the van stopped to pick up another deportee, I was sure someone would come on board, point at me and say, 'Not that guy—he's a veteran.'"
On Tuesday, Joe Biden announced Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's current secretary of health, as his pick for secretary of health. If confirmed, Levine would be the first transgender federal official.
Historically, it's been very difficult to be unpopular in the role of first lady, but Melania Trump recorded a 47 percent unfavorable rating this week.
The first Latino U.S. senator in the history of California is making his interest in the high-stakes issue of immigration clear to colleagues and constituents, and eyeing COVID relief for a state that has been battered by the pandemic, he told Newsweek.
In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump is expected to grant close to 100 pardons. Some fear he can issue secret pardons to his family and friends.
Blinken said "no party has a monopoly on good ideas," and he embraced Trump's tough stance in dealing with China.
GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and others dismissed the idea, but it's been embraced by some Republican lawmakers.
The CCP has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang," Pompeo said in a statement.
In theory, a prosecutor in Texas could bring charges against a Trump official on behalf of a separated child or parents. It's "a high threshold" but not impossible, said a human-rights expert.
Biden's boss Barack Obama was called the "Deporter in Chief." Immigrants and their advocates want to see what the new president does on immigration reform.