Elected President Joe Biden has made “day one” promises throughout his campaign, mainly focused on reversing the work of the Trump administration. Here is what he said is on his agenda for January 20, the inauguration day:
Send a DACA bill to Congress
In June, the president-elect promised to send a bill to Congress to create a path to citizenship for not only the nation’s dreamers, immigrants brought to the United States as children, but also the 11 million undocumented people currently living in the country. “It’s long overdue,” Biden said wrote on Twitter.
But in November, he loosened the timeline and committed to creating a path to citizenship within the first 100 days of his administration.
“Some of it depends on the kind of cooperation I may or may not get from the United States Congress,” Biden acknowledged.
On the campaign trail, Biden promised to end the Migration Protection Protocols (MPPs) that keep migrants in Mexico while their hearings play out. Known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, opponents have argued that it puts migrants at risk, but Trump officials said it has been key to ending “capture-and-release” where migrants were instead released to the United States.
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This week, Biden officials acknowledged that returning to Trump’s immigration policy could take “some time,” and doing so at once would lead to an increase at the border.
Biden himself admitted that “it will probably take the next six months.”
2. Reverse travel ban
Biden made a number of high promises over the summer, including ending Trump’s “bad” and “Islamophobic” travel restrictions on 13 Muslim-majority countries, often referred to as the “Muslim ban.”
“Today the house passed #NoBanAct because no one should be discriminated against or appointed on the basis of the faith they practice. “I want to end President Trump’s Muslim ban on the first day and sign this bill,” he wrote on Twitter.
The ban initially prevented the entry of nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Now in its third iteration, the ban affects travelers from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria. It carries selected residents from Tanzania and Venezuela.
The administration said the ban affected countries that did not share sufficient intelligence to enable the United States to cultivate its citizens properly.
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“The Trump administration’s anti-Muslim bias harms our economy, betrays our values and can serve as a powerful terrorist recruitment tool,” the Biden campaign page said. “Forbidding Muslims to enter the country is morally wrong, and there is no intelligence or evidence to suggest that it makes our nation more secure. It is yet another abuse of power by the Trump administration, which is primarily aimed at blacks and brown immigrants.Biden will immediately lift the ‘Muslim bans.’ “
3. Re-accede to the Paris Climate Agreement
The president-elect has vowed to use executive action to rejoin the Paris Agreement after Trump announced he would withdraw the nation in 2017. Withdrawal had been one of Trump’s campaign promises.
“So we’re coming out,” Trump said. “The Paris Agreement is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”
“The Paris Agreement will undermine our economy,” he said, adding that it “puts us in a permanent disadvantage.”
The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact among nearly 200 nations to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. The United States, the world’s second largest coal emissions, would be committed to reducing fossil fuel emissions by almost 30% by 2025.
The United States did not formally withdraw from the agreement until this year.
Around 189 countries remain committed to the Paris Agreement of 2015, which aims to keep the rise in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.
Some opponents of the agreement have noted that countries such as Russia and China were not as significantly affected by the agreement as the United States, pointing to the encouraging results of the Kyoto Protocol and raising questions about whether the Paris Agreement would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at all.
“Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will join the Paris Agreement on day one and lead the world in the fight against climate change,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Biden has already elected two climate “tsars” in addition to an EPA chief – John Kerry, who will lead the nation’s international efforts for climate change, and Gina McCarthy, who will be dedicated to US domestic climate policy.
4. Order on masks
“On the first day, I sign an executive order demanding masks everywhere,” Biden wrote on Twitter earlier this month.
Biden acknowledged that he did not have the authority to demand masks in most situations, promised to do so in federal buildings, travel between states by plane, train and bus, and work with governors and mayors on their own mask mandates.
Most states across the country already have some form of mask mandate to curb the spread of coronavirus.
5. Reverse Trump’s asylum restrictions
In response to a report that Trump had concluded the Flores agreement, Biden promised on the first day to “eliminate President Trump’s decision to restrict asylum and undo his decrees that eliminated Obama – Biden’s enforcement priorities for national security and public safety.”
“It is vicious and abhorrent to deprive migrant children of the few protections they have. It is not enough that this administration puts children in cages without soap and beds, now they will keep them there indefinitely. This is not who we are. , “Biden wrote on Twitter.
The courts took care of Biden’s promise of the Flores agreement or a policy that only allows itinerant children to be detained for 20 days. The Trump administration had tried to keep them with their families, but detained them indefinitely. A judge rejected the effort in September 2019.
In July, an appeals court overturned Trump’s “asylum ban,” a rule that required migrants traveling through other countries to seek asylum there first.
6. Move to raise the tax on the wealthy
In October 2019, Biden promised to “move on” to eliminate Trump’s tax cuts. “On day one, Joe Biden will move on: eliminate Trump’s tax cuts for the super-rich, remove the unwarranted loopholes in our tax code, and use that money to invest in America’s future.”
Biden has repeatedly promised that he “will not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $ 400,000” annually.
The Democratic plan is to bring the tax rate from 37% to a pre-Trump rate of 39.6% for those at the top of individual federal income tax groups. Corporate tax rates would also jump from 21% to 28%, and people earning more than $ 400,000 a year would have to pay extra payroll tax as promised.
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7. Sign regulations regulating oil and gas
Biden’s campaign page promises that the elected president today “will sign a series of new ordinances with unprecedented reach that go far beyond the Obama-Biden administration.”
These orders aim to require “aggressive” methane pollution limits for the oil and gas sectors, add stringent fuel economy standards and reintroduce the Clean Air Act, preserve 30% of America’s land and waters by 2030 and reintroduce protection on federal land and water.