The upcoming US president Joe Biden will be making changes in the field of immigration and climate within hours on Wednesday after his inauguration, including the re-signing of the Paris climate agreement. With this, he immediately reverses a series of controversial decisions made by his predecessor Donald Trump, according to a memo by future chief of staff Ron Klain on Saturday. The New York Times.
Biden has drawn up a list of presidential decrees he plans to issue during his first ten days. For example, he wants to end travel restrictions for people from predominantly Muslim countries and longer postpone repayments of student loans.
The upcoming president also wants to drastically change the immigration law. More than eleven million people who are currently illegally residing in the US will then receive a residence permit. In addition, children of immigrants who are separated from their parents must be reunited at the border with Mexico.
He also wants to take stricter measures by decree to tackle the spread of the corona virus. The wearing of masks in federal buildings and on public transportation between states will be mandatory. Biden wants schools and companies to be able to reopen as soon as possible.
Earlier this week, Biden announced a corona support package worth more than $ 1.9 trillion (EUR 1,560 billion). He plans to vaccinate more than 100 million Americans (nearly a third of the population) in his first 100 days.
It is normal for presidents to redeem election promises by decree immediately at the beginning of a term. They can specify by decree how government agencies should implement the policy in practice. A decree is not a law and therefore does not have to pass Congress first. This gives presidents a lot of power.
Shortly after Trump became president in 2017, he decided to roll back Obamacare and order the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico.
Inauguration without an audience for security reasons
Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday will be different from other inaugurations. For example, there is no audience for security reasons. Normally hundreds of thousands of interested people come to the National Mall to get a glimpse of the new president.
Due to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, new disturbances are feared. Authorities have established a security zone in downtown Washington and have called up more than 20,000 National Guard reservists.