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Paige Fanneron, News Editor

Joe Biden is officially the 46th president of the United States of America. Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021, and quickly got down to business within days of being in office. 

IMMIGRATION

Biden has issued three executive orders regarding immigration to the U.S. The first order was focused on asylum, and called for a government mandated review of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The MPP has sent over 65,0000 asylum seekers back to Mexico in order to await a court hearing in the U.S. The government has stopped adding people to the program but are unsure of what to do with the people already in it. 

Biden has also called an executive order to review a rule that former President Donald Trump enacted, which previously made it more difficult for poorer immigrants to obtain citizenship. In addition, Biden created a task force to help families reunite at the border. Moreover, he has sent a bill to lawmakers that would make an eight-year pathway to citizenship for many illegal immigrants already living in the country. 

On Biden’s first day of office, he overturned Trump’s travel ban, which blocked people from 13 primarily Muslim-majority and African countries. On the same day, he repealed Trump’s executive order to increase immigration enforcement in the U.S. Biden has also paused the construction of the wall at the U.S.- Mexico border. 

RACIAL EQUALITY 

Biden wants to dedicate himself to increasing racial equality in the U.S. This would include orders like ‘Identifying Methods and Assess Equality’ and ‘Allocating Federal Resources to Advance Fairness.’ On Jan. 26, a White House memorandum entitled, ‘Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States,’ was issued. This new order calls for cultural competency and sensitivity towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which is included in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. 

ENVIRONMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE 

Biden has re-signed the Paris climate agreement after Trump had discontinued the treaty. Biden has also withdrawn the presidential permit given to the Keystone XL Pipeline, a permit Native Americans and environmentalists have been fighting for years. 

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS

Biden has repealed Trump’s law that prevents transgender people from joining the military. Biden confirmed this on Twitter, saying, “Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on trangender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride.”  

 

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