Washington: On the first day in his office, newly elected United States President Joe Biden signed flurry of executive orders to revers his predecessor Donald Trump’s discriminatory policies like; immigration bill, and construction of wall along the border with Mexico.
In his first presidential act, Biden signed an executive action to end restrictions on travel and immigration from some predominantly Muslim countries. This action also directs the State Department to resume visa processing for those countries and develop a plan to address people who were denied entry to the U.S.
The measure also directs reviews of Trump’s other “extreme vetting” practices which affected the the integrity, unity and sovereignty of the state. Biden also directed his administration to improve information-sharing with foreign governments to bolster screening of travelers.
Furthermore, Biden is also planning to propose a sweeping immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed.
This new legislation marks a stark contrast with former president administration’s efforts to restrict both legal and illegal immigration during its four years in power.
To reverse the construction of Trump’s controversial wall along the border with Mexico and his travel ban on Muslims, Biden issued a proclamation order, stopping this attack on racial and religious minorities. To note, the travel ban and construction of border wall were the fulfillments of Trump’s central 2016 campaign promises, to crack down on immigration and limit the number of Muslims coming to the states.
With in a week after taking office, Trump had announced he would suspend entry to travelers from seven, mostly Muslim, nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. His policy also suspended refugee resettlement.
Federal judges, however, succeeded to block the first version of the ban from being implemented but the third version went into place even though facing numerous court challenges.
The ban that Biden has ended had blocked entry of most people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and North Korea. It also restricted immigrant visas for people hailing from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Eritrea as well as for certain others from Venezuela and Tanzania.
Biden’s proposal seeks for an eight-year path (down from 13) to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and even shorter one for those known as ‘Dreamers’ who were brought illegally as children to the U.S., as well as those with temporary protected status.
The bill also calls to address the root causes of migration by bolstering assistance to Central American countries. It also aims to ease immigration for people fleeing violence and increases prosecution of human traffickers and drug smugglers.