Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump’s US-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the WHO and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said.
The 15 executive actions are an attempt to essentially rewind the last four years of federal policies with striking speed.“We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter peril and significant possibilities — much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” Biden said after being sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.
Biden’s top priority is getting a grip on the pandemic, which reached another grim milestone when the US surpassed 4,00,000 virus deaths. He plans to sign an order putting in place a mask mandate on federal property.
He will also order federal agencies to prioritise racial equity and review policies that reenforce systemic racism. He will revoke a Trump order that sought to exclude non-citizens from the census. His orders also seek to fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a signature effort during the Obama era. Notably, the opening actions did not include steps to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned and Biden has pledged to reimplement.