• Jonathan Shiek

Joe Biden Will Repeal Trump’s Muslim Ban On His 1st Day As President

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to sign several executive orders on his first day as President.

According to both CNN and Washington PostBiden’s to-do list on his first day will be to lift the travel ban on several Muslim majority countries and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.

What is the travel ban? The travel ban pertains to an executive order that Trump issued within days of assuming office in 2017, banning the entry of travelers from the following five countries — Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria — into the U.S..

The ban was the outcome of a pledge by Trump on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election campaign trail to enact a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.

At the time of the order’s implementation, Trump’s administration had argued that people from these countries posed a security risk to the U.S.

The Paris Agreement?

In 2017, Trump called the Paris Agreementjob killing” and argued that it would “punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters“.

However, the Trump administration was only able to file the withdrawal three years after the ratification of Paris Agreement in 2019.

The Trump administration then notified the UN Secretary-General on Nov. 4, 2019, its decision to withdraw from the Agreement, which took effect a year later.

The official withdrawal came in the midst of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

In response, Biden tweeted:

Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020

Other orders of business include making wearing of masks mandatory on federal property, and halting of evictions and student loan payments amidst the pandemic.

Joe Biden will be sworn in as U.S. President on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20 at noon (1am, Jan. 21 Malaysia time).

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