Biden’s Day One Actions: Climate Change, Coronavirus, Immigration, and More

On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he wasted no time tackling 17 important executive orders, according to CNN. He sat down in the Oval Office immediately after his inauguration to take action to undo many of Trump’s most damaging policies.

“There’s no time to start like today,” Biden said to reporters yesterday. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.”

At the top of Biden’s agenda: an order to implement a nationwide federal mask mandate that includes mandatory masks on airplanes, trains, and some buses, according to Reuters.

With a stroke of his pen, Biden cut off funding for the construction of Trump’s border wall being built between the U.S. and Mexico. Biden also reversed Trump’s travel ban that focused on people who live in primarily Muslim countries and preserved DACA.

Biden also extended the federal moratorium on evictions until at least March 31, canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, and signed an extension of the pause on student loan payments.

Additionally, the U.S. has committed to rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. Biden also restored ties with the World Health Organization. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., said today the nation will also cooperate in a worldwide effort to distribute Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries, according to CNBC.

He also signed an order requiring non-citizens to be included in the U.S. Census and reversed Trump’s expanded immigration enforcement nationwide.