Washington: Among the executive actions President Biden signed Wednesday is an order to reverse the Trump administration’s ban on citizens entering the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries.
“Those actions are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no faith at all,” Mr. Biden wrote, referring to Mr. Trump’s restrictions, which he accused of being discriminatory.
In addition to repealing the travel ban, Mr. Biden issued orders to halt construction of Mr. Trump’s border wall; direct that everyone present in the U.S. be counted in the 2020 census; and instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to “fortify” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers deportation relief to some young immigrants.
Among other changes, Mr. Biden and his advisers have also vowed to use executive authority to terminate the “public charge” rules that make it tougher for low-income immigrants to obtain green cards and end several asylum policies Mr. Trump instituted along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s chief immigration adviser, criticized Mr. Biden’s day-one actions in a tweet.
“Today, @POTUS pledged to be a president for all Americans,” he wrote, referring to Mr. Biden’s new Twitter handle. “It’s unclear how all Americans are served by opening travel from terror hot spots, proposing a giant amnesty, or halting the installation of security barriers along the Southwest border.”
More executive actions are expected on Jan. 29, which the White House has designated as an immigration-themed day.