Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021, was the last day for incumbent President Donald Trump, and President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Joe Biden’s inauguration was graced by former USA presidents like Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and his former boss, Barrack Obama. However, outgoing President Trump decided to snub the event to break the tradition by not attending the event. Trump is yet to concede defeat following the outcomes of last year’s general election.
Like President Biden has talked of overturning most of Trump’s executive orders, the first one was to end the muslin ban from major Muslim countries as issued by the former President in January 2017.
That order was issued on Wednesday, the same day Joe Biden took over the President of the United States’ office.
Biden’s executive order ending the ban statement touched on how it was undermining national security as well as contravening the nation’s values. This is because the ban was jeopardizing the global network of partnerships and alliances, and it has gone beyond to showcase the nation as a dull example to the rest of the world.
According to President Joe Biden, the ban was inflicting more pain and separated loved ones, and that was just plain wrong.
The new President and the White House will improve the screening of all incoming visitors to the nation instead of a ban. They plan to do this by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments and also adopt more measures.
In 2018, the U.S Supreme Court upheld the Muslim ban after several iterations, and it affected most refugees from Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Libya, and Iraq. But with time, the Muslim-ban went on to affect other countries such as Venezuela and North Korea.
The list of restricted countries under the ban didn’t end there. In January 2020, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, and Myanmar were added by the Trump’s administration.
All these travel bans are no more after President Joe Biden took over, and we expect to see more of Trump’s executive orders overturned in no time.
To make sure that everything goes according to the rule of law, Biden has given his secretary of state and Homeland security director about 120 days to review and revise the current vetting procedures and information-sharing.
Within 45 days, Biden has also issued a directive to have the State Department resume processing visa applications. It’s because there were so many cases of visa denial under Trump’s administration, and Biden is looking to have the relevant agency reconsider all those people whose applications were denied.
President Joe Biden stated that if there are threats to the nation, they will address them without leaving any stone unturned. He also added that they would pursue all the opportunities to strengthen information sharing with partners. And under his administration, every visa application request will go through a rigorous, individualized vetting system.
As it stands, President Joe Biden wants to uphold the nation’s values by ending all the discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.
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