On his first day in office, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue a number of executive orders, including one rescinding the controversial travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries, NY Times reports.
According to a memo circulated on Saturday, 16 January, by Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming white house chief of staff, the new US administration will launch a spate of reversals on policies implemented by US President Donald Trump over its first 10 days in office.
These also include new coronavirus prevention efforts, rejoining the Paris climate change accord, and immigration legislation allowing for millions to gain citizenship.
Shortly after taking office in 2017, Trump issued an executive order that banned travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
That order was, however, reworked several times amid legal challenges and a version of it was upheld by the supreme court in 2018.
“During the campaign, President-elect Biden pledged to take immediate action to start addressing these crises and build back better, Klain wrote.
“As president, he will keep those promises and sign dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda, and directives to Cabinet agencies in fulfilment of the promises he made.
Recall that Biden announced his first legislative priority, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that included direct payments to Americans.
“Full achievement of the Biden-Harris administration’s policy objectives requires not just the executive actions the president-elect has promised to take, but also robust Congressional action.
The day after Biden is inaugurated, according to Klain, he will sign a number of executive actions to move aggressively to change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses, including by taking action to mitigate spread through expanding testing, protecting workers, and establishing clear public health standards.
”And on January 22, Biden will direct his Cabinet agencies to take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families bearing the brunt of this crisis, Klain wrote.
From January 25 to February 1, Klain wrote that Biden will issue orders on everything from directing his government to buy American products to beginning to fulfil promises to reform the criminal justice system.
During that week, Biden will also direct the federal government to determine how to reunite children separated from their families at the US-Mexico border, as well as sign additional orders aimed at tackling climate change and expanding access to health care.
“Much more will need to be done to fight COVID-19, build our economy back better, combat systemic racism and inequality, and address the existential threat of the climate crisis. But by February 1st, America will be moving in the right direction on all four of these challenges and more, thanks to President-elect Joe Biden’s leadership, the memo concluded.