Aids to the president-elect say 15 decrees will be issued immediately after he is sworn in on Wednesday.
In his early hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s political legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden plans to launch his new administration on Wednesday with orders to bring the United States back to the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization, assistants said.
The new president “will take action – not only to reverse the most serious damage the Trump administration has done – but also to start moving our country forward,” the aides said in a statement.
Biden will sign 15 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as America’s leader to break with Trump’s policies and chart new paths on immigration, the environment, the fight against COVID-19 and the economy, they declared.
In day one moves, he will end Trump’s heavily assaulted ban on visitors to several Muslim majority country and stop building the wall Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
He will also set a mask-wearing warrant on federal properties to stem the spread of COVID-19, restore protections to nature preserves removed by Trump and call for the freezing of evictions and protection of millions of people behind on their mortgages in due to the pandemic.
Biden also plans to send a bill to Congress to overhaul immigration policies and give millions of undocumented migrants living in the country a path to citizenship that the Trump administration has refused.
‘Just the start’
Biden will sign the executive orders and memoranda in the Oval Office in the afternoon and ask agencies to take action in two more areas, new press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Biden is also ordering the government to join the World Health Organization, which Trump withdrew earlier this year after accusing it of incompetence and of bowing to Chinese pressure on the coronavirus outbreak.
Symbolizing Biden’s commitment to a greater global role, White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients announced that Dr Anthony Fauci would deliver a speech to WHO on Thursday as head of a US delegation.
Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, will explain how the administration intends to work with the WHO on reforms, supporting the coronavirus response and promoting global health and safety sanitary
Biden is also ending what is known as the “Muslim ban” – one of the first acts of the Trump administration. Trump in January 2017 banned foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. After a long legal battle, a watered-down version of the rule was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in 2018.
The new US president will also begin the process of reintegration into the historic Paris climate agreement and issue a radical order to combat climate change, including the revocation of the presidential permit granted to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
The plans for Day 1 were just the start of a wave of executive action Biden would take shortly after taking office, Psaki added.
“In the days and weeks to come, we will be announcing additional executive actions to address these challenges and deliver on the President-elect’s promises to the American people,” Psaki said.
‘A new day’
Other actions will include revoking the ban on transgender Americans in military service and overturning a policy that blocks US funding for overseas abortion-related programs.
The 15 Executive Actions are an attempt to turn back the last four years of federal politics at lightning speed. Only two recent presidents signed executive actions on their first day in office – and each has only signed one.
But Biden, in the face of the debilitating coronavirus pandemic, intends to demonstrate a sense of urgency and competence that he says was lacking under his predecessor.
“I think the most important thing to say is that tomorrow starts a new day,” Zients said on Tuesday.