US President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue a number of executive orders, including rescinding the controversial travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.
According to a memo circulated on Saturday by Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, the new US administration will launch a spate of reversals on policies implemented by US President Donald Trump over its first 10 days in office.
These also include new Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention efforts, rejoining the Paris climate change accord, and immigration legislation allowing for millions to gain citizenship.
Shortly after taking office in 2017, Trump issued an executive order that banned travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
That order was, however, reworked several times amid legal challenges and a version of it was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2018.
Analysts say the ban could easily be undone as it was issued by executive order and presidential proclamation, though lawsuits from conservative opponents could delay the process.
“As president, I’ll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society to honour your contributions and seek your ideas. My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level,” Biden said in October.
Other reversals include the extension of pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments, the imposition of mask mandates in federal property and interstate travel, as well as a solution to reunite immigrant children separated from their families, the memo said.
Biden also plans to submit new legislation to provide for the naturalisation of 11 million undocumented people currently living in the country, in addition to a pledge to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days in office.
Biden had previously announced he will push Congress to approve a $1.9 billion stimulus package to tackle an economic slump caused by the COVID-19.