Joe Biden began to reverse the actions of his predecessor over the past four years by signing a series of executive orders on his first day in office.
In particular, the new head of the White House signed a decree on the US joining the Paris Climate Agreement, from which the country withdrew after Donald Trump came to power. In addition, Biden overturned Trump’s decisions to leave the World Health Organization, to ban entry into the United States from certain countries with a predominantly Muslim population.
“We will fight climate change in a way that we have not done before,” – these words of Biden quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Almost immediately after the new president was sworn in at the Capitol, his aides announced that Biden would lift restrictions on travel to the United States from certain Muslim-majority countries, halt construction of the wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization (WHO).
The transition team also noted that Biden will tighten measures to combat systemic racism and manifestations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Trump’s decree on the exclusion of non-citizens from the census will also be changed.
Biden will honor his campaign pledge to help financially distressed Americans cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. He will extend the federal ban on evictions from the occupied housing and will invite federal agencies to extend the terms of the buyout of mortgages guaranteed at the federal level.
The new president will also provide assistance to students who have taken out large education loans, continuing the practice of suspending payments of federal student loan interest and principal for the next eight months.
Presidential aides noted that Biden will make dozens of other decisions in the next 10 days as he seeks to quickly reorient the country’s future development without waiting for Congress approval.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden will lift the Defense Department’s ban on transgender service in the Armed Forces, as well as a policy that prohibits the United States from funding international groups that perform abortions or help women obtain abortion services.
Only two American presidents in the recent past signed decrees on their first day in office, and each signed only one such decree. But aides to the new White House chief said that as Biden faces an escalating coronavirus pandemic, he is determined to act urgently.
The independent human rights organization Human Rights First has already welcomed new President Biden’s decision to lift restrictions on the entry of citizens from some Muslim countries into the United States. In turn, Democratic Senator from California Diane Feinstein supported Biden’s desire to change the existing immigration system, making it “open and honest.” However, the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, believes that Biden’s immigration plan does not take into account the pressing problems of Americans, aggravated during the pandemic, but focuses more on the problems of illegal immigrants who have been violating US law for years.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz has criticized Biden’s decision to return to the Paris climate agreement. The legislator argues that this decision of the Democratic president does not restore America’s global leadership and does not solve climate problems, but deprives thousands of thousands of American workers from jobs. In turn, Republican Senator Kevin Kramer considers this decision by Biden on the climate “a reasonable step”, provided that it will be supported by the actions of the new administration to protect American national interests and to prudently use the money of American taxpayers.