In his first day in office, Biden has signed multiple executive orders.
President Joe Biden, prior to his inauguration, promised to sign a large quantity of executive orders in his first day of office in an effort to overturn multiple policies enacted by former-President Donald Trump. True to his word, Biden began signing orders almost immediately after his ceremony ended yesterday, continuing well into today. One of his largest changes comes with the end of Trump’s controversial Muslim travel ban.
The travel ban was first issued by Trump in 2017 and enacted the following year, targeting multiple majority-Muslim countries and halting all travel to and from them. The countries affected by the ban were Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
“Beyond contravening our values, these Executive Orders and Proclamations have undermined our national security,” Biden’s executive order rescinding the ban reads. “They have jeopardized our global network of alliances and partnerships and are a moral blight that has dulled the power of our example the world over. And they have separated loved ones, inflicting pain that will ripple for years to come. They are just plain wrong.”
In the ban’s place, Biden is requesting his secretary of state and Homeland Security director to gather information on current vetting procedures, then work with him in revising them. The main goal will be to improve information-sharing policies with countries, which will in turn make screening visitors a much smoother process.
“Make no mistake, where there are threats to our Nation, we will address them,” Biden’s order stated. “Where there are opportunities to strengthen information-sharing with partners, we will pursue them. And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system. But we will not turn our backs on our values with discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.”