Just hours after swearing in as president, Joe Biden moved to reverse one of President Donald Trump’s earliest immigration policies.
According to Breitbart, the new president signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning Trump’s controversial “travel ban.”
First instated in 2017 and then expanded in 2020, Trump’s order effectively halted immigration from countries like Iran, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen, according to CBS News. Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania were also included.
Trump’s travel ban
According to Breitbart, Trump’s move came in response to known ties to terrorism in those countries, or because the states have refused to share national security data.
In other words, former President Trump instituted the travel ban to make America a safer place to live. But now, Biden is undoing all of it.
It’s something those on the left had been trying to do for years, to no avail. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ban constitutional in a 5–4 decision, Breitbart noted.
Biden’s first day
Biden promised to end the measure on the campaign trail, and he followed through on his first day in office.
Activist groups, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), were quick to praise the move.
“We commend President Biden for immediately moving to repeal the Muslim and African Bans, which is an important first step toward undoing the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies of the previous administration,” CAIR said, according to Breitbart.
Big changes ahead
Other executive actions taken by Biden on his first day as president included one walking back Trump’s July 2020 order mandating that only U.S. citizens be counted in the census, according to CBS, as well as one halting the construction of Trump’s famed wall at the U.S.–Mexico border.
Biden will also rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which Trump nixed early in his term, and the World Health Organization (WHO), which the U.S. had been in the process of leaving under Trump, CBS reported.
It remains to be seen what other of Trump’s successes Biden has his sights set on — but for the 56% of Americans who said in an October poll that they were better off after four years of President Donald Trump, these changes certainly aren’t providing a promising outlook for the next four years ahead.