New President Joe Biden is not going to waste any time taking action to reverse the policies of former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday morning, just hours before Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, his transition team office issued a statement detailing the executive actions that he plans to take shortly after taking the oath of office. Top on this list is to reverse the work that Trump had put into constructing a border wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Border Wall History
While Trump had some success early in his presidency to fund his wall, this progress came to a screeching halt when the bipartisan majorities in the halls of Congress did not vote to appropriate money for wall construction in 2019. Despite shutting down the government over the impasse, Trump was not able to gain the votes needed in Congress. However, he found a workaround by issuing a national emergency declaration to find the funding to continue the wall construction.
As of Tuesday, the wall was still under construction. To date, there have been approximately 450 miles of wall built over the course of Trump’s presidency. Trump last visited the wall last week at the border of Texas.
As one of his first acts in office, Biden will declare an immediate termination to the declaration, thereby ending the funding for the building of the wall. A review of the situation will decide how to redirect the money used for this funding.
In addition, Biden will also revoke the former president’s travel ban on Muslim countries.