The US Rejoins The Paris Climate Deal And Ends its Muslim Ban in a Series of Executive Orders Signed By Joe Biden

Newly-elected US President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders mainly concerning climate change, as well as an end to the so-called ‘Muslim Ban’.

The president signed a total of 17 executive orders hours ago, soon after his inauguration at the White House. Those include, most notably, the rejoining of the Paris climate agreement and the US’ re-commitment to the WHO.

“Some of the executive actions I’m going to be signing today are going to help change the course of the COVID crisis, we’re going to combat climate change in a way that we haven’t done so far and advance racial equity and support other underserved communities” said Biden.

“These are just all starting points.”

Currently, there are 189 countries that have joined the Paris Agreement, through which they keep track of their fossil fuel emissions and work towards a greener future. The United States left the accord under President Donald Trump, who announced the departure back in 2017.

“A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural speech.

Biden also plans to introduce a $2 trillion climate plan, which, according to him will help the country move towards a cleaner future after the its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19

The president also signed an executive order which will enforce the wearing of protective masks in all federal buildings and lands in order to curb the spread of the virus.

He is also now reversing the country’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization.

Biden has asked everyone in US citizen to wear a mask when in a public space for at least the first 100 days of his presidency. More than 400,000 people have died as a result of contracting Covid-19 until now.

Regarding immigration

The president has also signed orders which roll back Trump’s policies on immigration, including a rollback on the so-called ‘Muslim Ban’.

He also revoked his predecessor’s emergency declaration through which Trump funded the construction of a new border wall.

More to come

Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki said:

“In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the president-elect’s promises to the American people.”

For a full list of Joe Biden’s executive orders, please click HERE.

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