What has President Biden Done in Office so Far?

Hosanna Eyob, Staff Writer

Joe Biden is the new president of the United States, and as soon as he stepped into office, he started making and signing some executive actions and orders focusing on issues ranging from COVID to racial inequality. 

He decided that a mask mandate and social distancing requirement is to be set on all federal government properties. Along with this, he has also decided to create the role of Covid-19 Response Coordinator who reports directly to the president and will encourage a 100-day masking challenge for Americans.

Biden has also decided that the US is going to rejoin the World Health Organization, which will be undoing the withdrawal made by former President Donald Trump.

The past 12 months have become an era of hyper-focusing on issues regarding inequality, and Biden has made sure to assert his support for fighting injustices and disparities. 

The White House issued a memorandum in late January titled “Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States” that addressed the rise of bigotry that focuses on Asian people as a result of Covid and issues with scapegoating. 

 He also issued some executive orders regarding seeking asylum that reviewed the Migrant Protection Program due to its controversy as it pushed roughly 65,000 asylum seekers back to Mexico, making them wait for U.S Court hearings. 

Biden created a task force to reunite migrant families who were separated as a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. This task force might also seek to supply separated families with visas in order to aid them in finding their families. 

Other actions were taken such as dissipating Trump’s travel ban on predominantly Muslim African countries and halting the construction of the border wall.

He passed an executive order that caused the U.S. to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate agreement along with revoking the presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The new President also removed the ban on transgender individuals in the military that was enacted by Trump, focusing more on allowing qualified individuals to serve in the military rather than concerning himself with the identities of those who want to serve. 

Biden has made multitudes of new changes in such a short amount of time, and these can possibly be reflective of the nation’s future with the new President.