Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Has Signed Since Taking Office Last Week
President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him to dismantle some of former President Trump’s damaging orders. There are racist travel bans, necessarily harmful family separation policies, and the climate crisis all on the table that must be addressed. President Biden is doing just that and here are some of the orders he has signed to tackle the issues.
So far, President Biden has signed 40 executive orders that have reversed some of the worst Trump-era policies and regulations.
Update January 27, 2021
President Biden has signed multiple executive orders tackling different parts of the Covid-19 response.
Americans have been struggling to control the pandemic with minimal leadership from the federal government for almost a year. Local, county, and state governments have done their best without a unified federal response. President Biden, who inherited the mess from the previous administration, is tackling the pandemic headon.
President Biden spent his second day signing several Covid executive orders, which include:
- Promoting Covid-19 safety in domestic and international travel.
- Expanding access to Covid-19 treatments.
- Promoting data-driven response to Covid-19.
- Supporting states’ use of National Guard in Covid-19 response.
- Strengthening public health supply chain.
- Establishing the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force.
- Supporting the reopening and continuing operation of schools.
- Promoting workplace safety amid the pandemic.
- Establishing a Covid-19 pandemic testing board.
On his third day in office, President Biden focused on benefits for the American people.
Covid-19 has decimated the workforce and people are struggling to make ends meet. Evictions are looming nationwide as people have gone months with no assistance from the federal government, a stark contrast from the rest of the developed world.
President Biden is working to undo the issues that have stood in the way of American people getting their assistance with executive orders including:
- Expanding food assistance programs.
- Assisting veterans with debt.
- Guaranteeing unemployment insurance for workers who refuse work due to Covid-19.
- Establishing “benefit delivery teams.”
- Facilitating the delivery of stimulus payments.
- Address Covid-19 economic relief.
- Empowering federal workers and contractors.
The president signed other orders on the sixth and seventh days of his administration tackling myriad issues.
President Biden promised the American people that he would work quickly to undo the damage created by the last four years. It is a promise that he has made good on. He has tackled several societal issues that has hindered Americans from living free and full lives.
President Biden’s executive actions here included:
- Reversing the transgender military ban.
- Reinstating Covid-19 travel restrictions.
- Promoting the ‘Buy American’ agenda.
- Calling for the evaluation of Trump’s housing policies.
- Ending the reliance on private prisons.
- Reaffirming the commitment to tribal sovereignty.
- Denouncing anti-Asian discrimination and xenophobia.
The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.
President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.
Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.
The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.
Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.
President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.
We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.
Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.
President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.
President Biden is going to preserve DACA.
More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.
There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.
“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”