“Transition” might not be the right word for what the Biden team has planned.
On Day One of his prospective presidency, former Vice President Joe Biden plans to immediately begin reversing President Donald Trump’s policies with a series of executive orders, Breitbart reports.
Reversing Trump policies
In a stark change from Trump’s immigration stance, Biden plans to undo Trump’s “travel ban” and reinstate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which Trump has sought to repeal without success, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Biden also reportedly plans to “temporarily” stop deportations and introduce sweeping legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, although it remains unclear how much leverage Biden would have in Congress, with control of the Senate still up in the air. That will be decided by a pair of runoff races in Georgia this January, both of which Democrats will have to win to flip control of the upper chamber, NBC News notes.
Biden’s team has said that they expect the former VP would lean on executive authority to push his agenda through.
“I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock,” an adviser said, according to The Washington Post.
Biden also reportedly plans to join the Paris climate accords again and reverse Trump’s decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO), which Trump and others slammed for helping China cover up the coronavirus outbreak, Breitbart noted.
What about unity?
In short, Biden wants to put America back onto a globalist footing after four years of Trump’s “America First” approach, which saw Trump restrict immigration and pull out of international commitments that he said were hurting Americans at home.
Nevertheless, Biden has claimed he would seek “unity” with the 70 million people who voted for his opponent, a message that seems to contradict the whiplash change he would pursue.
“I understand the disappointment tonight. But now let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature,” Biden said Saturday, according to Fox News. “To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies, they are Americans.”
But even The Washington Post concedes it will be “among the most startling” transitions in American history.
Although media outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential election on Saturday, Trump has said he will not concede until allegations of voter fraud have been investigated, the Daily Wire reports.