Biden Can’t Wait To ‘Erase’ Trump! Removes Nigeria, Others From Travel Ban List
Barely 24 hours after he was sworn in as the 46th United States President, Joe Biden has reversed some of his predecessor’s controversial policies, including the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries.
The newly sworn in U.S. president had pledged to mend fences with countries that the Trump administration had estranged through unfriendly policies.
He said in his inauguration speech: “We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s.
“We will lead not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example. We will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.”
Biden hit the ground running by signing 17 executive orders on his first day at the oval office, many of which repealed several immigration policies that negatively affected other countries.
Six of the executive orders bordered on reversal of Trump’s immigration policies that affected predominantly Muslim and African countries, amongst others, reports New York Times.
The travel restriction was first termed “Muslim ban” when the former U.S. president first announced it, but eventually included non-majority-Muslim nations.
The ban had affected Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen and Sudan, amongst others.
Biden also reversed Trump’s plan to exclude illegal U.S. residents from the 2020 census, while also retaining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which the former president sought to scrap.
DACA had prevented the deportation of thousands of people who came to the U.S as children.
In the new order, Biden wants the U.S. Congress to pass a law that provides permanent status and a path to citizenship for that class of immigrants.
Biden also dealt a blow to Trump’s controversial construction of a border wall between the U.S and Mexico.
The American leader ordered “immediate termination” of the policy that allowed the Trump administration to divert billions of federal money to the project.
Biden also signed an executive order for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris agreement on climate change. This came about two years after Trump notified the United Nations of America’s withdrawal from the coalition of about 200 countries.