USA’s soon to be President Joe Biden will introduce new immigration policies
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said that he will “immediately” introduce immigration legislation. This is to correct Donald Trump’s “cruel” immigration policies.
He told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, “I will introduce an immigration bill immediately and have it sent to the appropriate committees to begin movement.” He had assured the voters of an immigration overhaul within 100 days of taking office.
Biden was answering questions on his agenda post-inauguration on 20th January 2021.
Trump’s restriction and control of immigration have been one of his most dominant policies during his reign as President. He issued a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries which has continued into his final year at the White House using the Coronavirus pandemic as an excuse.
The Trump government made the immigration rules stricter for those who sought asylum in the US. He rallied for a merit-based immigration system to protect U.S. workers and their jobs. His administration also tried to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2017 but the Supreme Court blocked this attempt in June 2019.
Another topic that Biden will counter Trump on is environmental issues. He said, “I will, in fact, countermand the executive orders that the President has in fact initiated that are contrary to, what I think, is either his authority and/or even if it is his authority, contrary to the interest of the United States on environmental issues and a whole range of other things.”
Biden vowed to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on the first day of his presidency. The U.S. had formally withdrawn from the 2015 Pairs Agreement on Climate Change, a decision made by Trump in 2017.
Thirdly, Biden will immediately take action for the most urgent need of asking Congress to give him the financial backing to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said, “To be able to move so that we have Operation Warp Speed really working. Warp Speed got the vaccine to places that were delivered but did not get them from those vials into people’s arms and so it is a gigantic logistical concern of how we do that.”
He aims to get 100 million shots in people’s arms in the first 100 days.
“I am committed to moving as rapidly as possible to get the vaccine to teachers and the material to children that can provide for the safe opening of our schools at the end of that — beginning at the end of that 100 days. They are the most urgent things we have to do now. Now, immediately upon getting in office,” he said.
Biden said there will be multiple things and other different committees holding hearings on a whole range of issues on infrastructure, what they should do to generate a green economy.
He said, “But in terms of the immediate need to get done not just introduced but to get done, voted on the get the money and resources to do it, turn out that the most urgent need is dealing with the virus, number one, and economic relief to Americans who through no fault of their own are getting battered.”