On Wednesday, Joe Biden is about to be inaugurated as the 46th President of America.
According to Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, the new president is set to sign several executive orders as soon as he swears in.
One of the first moves will probably be the lift on travel ban against 13 countries in which the Muslims comprise a majority.
Soon after taking over the office, President Trump signed an executive order which made it impossible for the nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria to legally enter the United States.
Later on, President Trump expanded the ban to several more countries.
The intention behind the ban was to increase the level of national security.
In contrast, President-elect Joe Biden promised that he will remove the ban, calling it “discriminating on the basis of religion”.
Paris Climate Agreement and mandatory masks
The second important action of the new administration will be to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which the leaving administration abandoned due to the negative impact it had on the American economy and energy sector.
The deal was initiated in 2015 by the Obama Administration as a part of the effort to address climate issues from the perspective of international cooperation.
One of the crucial measures the Biden Administration plans to adopt instantly is to introduce the universal mask mandate.
This plan involves making face masks mandatory on federal property and during interstate travel to combat the spread of coronavirus.
In addition to that, Biden plans to create a COVID-19 task force to promptly deliver vaccines across the nation.
Among others, the group is set to include Vivek H. Murthy, the former U.S. Surgeon General, and David Kessler, a pediatrician who worked as FDA commissioner during the Clinton presidency.
Changes to immigration policies
Other plans of new administration include the extension of the pause on federal student loan payments and changes to the immigration policy.
In March, Congress passed the CARES Act which suspended any student payments of the federal loans and blocked the interest from increasing.
The measure came as a part of the federal coronavirus relief package.
After several months, the policy has been extended until the end of January and many students wondered whether it will apply further.
One of the main promises of the Biden Administration is to make sure that the pause is prolonged.
As for the immigration policy, the Biden Administration aims to rescind the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
Also called the ‘Remain-in-Mexico policy’, MPP was enacted to keep migrants in Mexico as long as their trials last.
As Democrat opponents of the MPP openly characterized it as dangerous for the migrants, it comes as no surprise that one of the first decisions of the new government will be to revoke it.
Initial announcements show that the Biden Administration wants to make a radical break from its predecessor.
If such crucial policies are going to be altered in just the first few weeks, we can only imagine how much will change throughout time.