US President elect Joe Biden will sign 17 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as US leader to set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting Covid-19 and the economy.
Biden plans to kick off his new administration Wednesday with orders to restore the United States to the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization.
As his first action, he plans to impose a mask mandate on federal property.
He will also install a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee the Biden White House’s efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.
Biden also plans to end Trump’s ban on visitors from majority-Muslim countries and halt construction of the wall that Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
Biden will reverse Trump decisions to ease emissions and efficiency standards, and rescind the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a large project that would bring relatively high-polluting Canadian oil into the United States.
Count non-citizens in the U.S. Census again. This reverses President Trump’s order in July 2020 to not count undocumented Americans, which would affect federal allocation of money and federal representation.
Keep protections for a group of Liberians in the country. Liberians who have been in the United States for many years will be able to remain longer. Their “deferred enforcement departure” will be extended an additional year, until June 30, 2022.
Change Trump’s arrest priorities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE ). This executive order will repeal the changes Mr. Trump made in the first week of his presidency in 2017 to make interior immigration enforcement much stricter.
Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Biden will sign the executive actions in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon.