Trump’s travel ban reversed by Joe Biden, more changes to come
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden, started reversing the immigration policies introduced by former president Donald Trump. These policies were some of the most controversial actions of Trump. Biden’s move is a part of an aggressive push to roll back such policies and it will chart a new course for the nation.
The new president has signed an executive action which will end the restrictions on travel and immigration from some predominantly Muslim countries. The state department is directed to resume visa processing for those countries. Moreover, it will develop a plan to address people affected, such as those who were denied entry to the U.S.
Officials said, “Biden will sign 17 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as US leader to break from policies of departing President Donald Trump and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting Covid-19 and the economy.”
Here are the highlights of Biden’s actions:-
1) A rollback of travel and immigration ban by Trump.
The travel ban was Trump’s central 2016 campaign promises. He wanted to crack down the immigration and limit the number of Muslims coming to the US. Joe Biden condemned the act as he felt that it was attack on racial and religious minorities.
By signing the executive action, the ban will be reversed and the visa processing for those Muslim countries will be resumed. It will also address people who were affected by the ban.
2) Border wall
In order to stop the construction of Trump’s wall along the border with Mexico, Joe issued a proclamation. It revokes the national emergency declared by trump in February 2018, to secure funding for the wall. It diverted billions of dollars from the Defense Department to wall construction. He also is halting construction to review contracts and how wall money might be redirected.
3) Information sharing with foreign govt.
In order to bolster the screening of travellers, the action directs the US to improve information sharing with foreign governments.
The bill seeks to address the root causes of migration by bolstering assistance to Central American countries.
Joe Biden has also proposed a sweeping immigration which would provide a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. White House Press.
On Wednesday night, Secretary Jen Psaki said that the president had sent the text of his proposal to Congress.
The proposal will give an 8 year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. It eases immigration for people fleeing violence and increases prosecution of human traffickers and drug smugglers. Bidens campaign site says deportations will focus on national security and public safety threats.
5) Strengthening DACA
Biden signed an order which provides deportation reprieves and work permits for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. Under this order, The Department of Homeland Security is directed to shore up the Deferred Action for Childhood Migrants program the Trump administration sought to terminate. The DACA program gave shelter to hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country as young children from deportation since it was introduced in 2012. Biden is working to preserve it.
Trump ordered to end DACA in 2017.
6) Paris Climate Accord
Biden will fulfil a campaign pledge and sign executive orders to rejoin the Paris climate accord. The campaign pledge said that it would get back into the global climate pact on Day One.
It will take 30 days for the U.S. to officially be back in.
7) Other “extreme vetting” practices used by the Trump administration will also be reviewed.
This reversal of ban is part of a 10-day onslaught of executive actions intended to overturn key Trump policies without waiting for Congress, on topics ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to climate change and criminal justice.
Biden’s immigration legislation is ambitious, and as a result, it could face obstacles in Congress.