President-elect Joe Biden will end President Donald Trump’s travel ban on his first day in office, his incoming White House chief of staff confirmed on Saturday.
The travel ban is a series of executive orders that President Trump passed in 2017 that restricted the travel to America of people from certain countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. This was done in the name of American safety and to pressure these countries to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and it appears to have worked.
Biden, however, has long promised to put an end to President Trump’s travel ban. The left has argued that the travel ban is unjustifiably discriminatory, something they emphasize by incorrectly referring to the travel ban as the “Muslim ban.”
Now, it is a certainty that the travel ban will be rescinded on January 20th, Biden’s first day as president. The question going forward will be: “What does this mean for the safety of our country?”
The impending overhaul
Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff, revealed Biden’s plan to end the president’s travel ban in a memo that outlined dozens of executive actions that Biden will sign during his first 10 days in office.
According to Klain, the executive orders will focus on “the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.”
“These executive actions will deliver relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling in the face of these crises,” Klain wrote. “President-elect Biden will take action – not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration – but also to start moving our country forward.”
Klain continued: “These actions will change the course of COVID-19, combat climate change, promote racial equity and support other underserved communities, and rebuild our economy in ways that strengthen the backbone of this country: the working men and women who built our nation.”
What else to expect?
As Fox News reports, Biden plans to sign about a dozen executive orders on day one.
In addition to ending the travel ban, Biden will begin the process of rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, extend an existing pause on student loan payments, and mandate mask-wearing on federal property and during interstate travel.
And, according to Klain, the executive orders that we will see over the next two weeks will only be a beginning. “Much more will need to be done to fight COVID-19, build our economy back better, combat systemic racism and inequality, and address the existential threat of the climate crisis,” Klain wrote. “But by February 1st, America will be moving in the right direction on all four of these challenges — and more — thanks to President-elect Joe Biden’s leadership.”
It’s going to be a long four years for conservatives.