On the first day at office, after taking oath as the 46th United States (US) President, Joe Biden signed executive orders to reverse several hard-line immigration policies and also sent a bill to Congress that proposes opening a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants.
Also, Joe Biden is set to sign 10 executive orders to boost the fight against the deadly COVID outbreak which has ravaged the US.
Vaccination will be accelerated and testing increased. Emergency legislation will be used to increase production of essentials like masks.
In a break with former President Donald Trump, the policy stresses a national strategy rather than relying on states to decide what is best.
The Trump administration was widely accused of failing to get to grips with the pandemic.
In terms of total deaths from coronavirus, the US is the worst-hit country with more than 406,000 lives lost. Nearly 24.5m have been infected.
Earlier in a day, Joe Biden has signed an executive order ending the Muslims Travel Ban that was imposed by Trump Administration.
He has reversed multiple immigration policies that formed the cornerstone of his predecessor’s time in the White House.
The President signed executive order ending the travel ban on citizens from more than a dozen countries, including Eritrea, Yemen, Nigeria and Sudan.
The Muslims Travel Ban was imposed by former President Donald Trump when he first entered office.
The US President has directed the State Department to restart visa processing for individuals from the affected countries and to develop ways to address the harm caused to those who were prevented from coming to America because of the ban.
Effected in 2017 during Donald Trump’s first week in office, the Muslim Ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority nations: Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
Moreover, the new US President Joe Biden has also halted construction of Trump’s border wall with neighbor Mexico.