Joe Biden is planning 17 executive actions on his first day in office, in an effort reverse President Donald Trump’s policies and restore Obama-era programs.
One of those actions is to bring construction on the border wall to a screeching halt, and other orders relating to immigration.
Fox News reports:
Biden will declare an “immediate termination” of funding for the border wall construction — putting an end to a key Trump campaign and administration promise to “build a wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. The move will direct an “immediate pause” in wall construction and will “determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by the prior administration to fund wall construction.”
Biden will also sign an executive order that revoking Trump’s previous order that directed aggressive immigration enforcement. The Biden team said that the move will allow for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to set “civil immigration enforcement policies that best protect the American people” and that are “in line with our values and priorities.”
“The Biden administration is going to have a very different approach to regional migration,” incoming White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, adding that there will be a “special emphasis” to address the “root causes of migration in the region.”
Sullivan said Biden is “committed to rebuilding the nation’s asylum system.” The report lists the following items on Biden’s immigration agenda, for which he will be signing executive orders on Wednesday:
- “Preserve and fortify” the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
- End Trump’s order which suspended entry into the U.S. for people from countries known for terror activities, including Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. Six other countries were added in Jan. 2020. Biden calls it a “Muslim ban,” and Sullivan claimed it is rooted in “religious animus and xenophobia.”
- Order the State Department to start processing visa requests from those countries, to “restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans.”
- Revoke the Trump administration’s plan to exclude non-citizens from the census