To begin his administration as the 46th President of the United States, President Joe Biden unleashed a flurry of executive orders, mostly targeted towards some of former President Donald Trump’s landmark accomplishments. Immediately after his inauguration, Biden finalized 15 executive orders in an aggressive attempt to dismantle Trump’s White House agenda.
“There’s no time to start like today,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.”
From coronavirus relief to border security, here are the executive orders that began Biden’s America.
As one the most pressing issues facing his administration, a solid chunk of the executive orders centered themselves on combatting the coronavirus pandemic and providing economic aid to Americans.
Entitled the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” Biden issued a mask mandate on all federal property and pleaded to Americans to wear masks. He will also reinstate National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense after it was dissolved in 2018.
Dr.Jeffrey D. Zients will be appointed as the official Covid-19 response coordinator, who will report directly to President Biden to help bolster the nation’s response to the virus and accelerate distribution of the vaccine.
Biden will re-enter the World Health Organization after former President Trump removed the United States over WHO’s refusal to condemn China’s mishandling of the pandemic. Dr.Anthony Fauci will will lead US delegation.
He also asked both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for extensions on federal moratorium on evictions until at least the end of March and the Education Department to extend the pause on interest and principal payments on direct federal loans until at least the end of September.
For the first steps of his sweeping immigration reform, Biden reversed multiple Trump-era policies. The most notable being the termination of the national emergency declaration on the Southern border, all but halting the construction of the wall on the Southern border, one of Trump’s proudest accomplishments.
In line with the looser borders, he similarly reversed Trump’s travel restrictions on several Muslim nations.
Biden sent a massive immigration bill to Congress, which allows illegal immigrants to apply for green cards after five years and apply for citizenship after eight years, opening the door for citizenship for an estimated eleven million people. The bill includes increased foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
After former President Trump fought to end it, another executive order strengthened the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protecting illegal immigrants brought to America as children from deportation.
Though not directly related to border security, Biden shot down a Trump directive and will include illegal immigrants in the census numbers, affecting state’s number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes.
Since climate change remains a priority for the Left, Biden utilized the power of the Presidency to make moves to prioritize combatting climate change.
After Trump pulled America out, Biden will begin the process to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords.
He also revoked the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, sacrificing thousands of jobs on day one, while placing temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Biden plans to end over one hundred Trump-era environmental regulations over the next few weeks.
Biden will end the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which aimed to reinstate proper American history education in public school and rebuked the New York Times’ “1619 Project”, which reframes American history around slavery and institutional racism.
President Biden also appointed head of the Domestic Policy Council Susan E. Rice as the leader of a “robust, interagency” initiative attempting to “rooting out systemic racism,” which will require federal agencies to judge their diversity after 200 days and follow a plan that will, in essence, require more people of color to work within federal agencies.
After Trump’s denial of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Biden will prevent the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Though it may be his first day, the rapid changes to American policy will only ramp up from here. “President-elect Biden will continue to take action over the next 10 days — and over his entire time in office — to address the four crises that he’s laid out,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “In the coming days and weeks we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the President-elect’s promises to the American people.”