On his first day as U.S. president, within hours of being officially sworn in, Joe Biden moved to open up America’s borders.
Reuters reports that President Biden Wednesday signed around half-a-dozen executive orders aimed at reversing former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
Ending the so-called Muslim Ban
Enacted in 2017 but amended several times thereafter, the travel ban put a stop to immigration from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, North Korea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan. All of these countries have either sponsored terrorism or have refused to share national security data.
The goal of the travel ban was to make America safer, and it has worked. But, the left has seen the ban as nothing more than a discriminatory measure aimed at Muslims, since many of the banned countries are Muslim-majority countries. The left, accordingly, tried to get the travel ban deemed unconstitutional by the judiciary, but that did not work.
So, President Biden on Wednesday eliminated the travel ban by way of executive action. Now, immigration from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, North Korea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan is once again allowed.
Renewed hope for “Dreamers,” and more
President Biden, on Wednesday, also called in an executive order for Congress to give to “Dreamers” both permanent status and a path to citizenship. This is the group of roughly one million illegal immigrants who came to America as children and were allowed to stay under the policies of former-President Barrack Obama.
Biden similarly called for lawmakers to pass a bill providing a path to citizenship for all illegal immigrants currently residing in America, which is believed to be between 11 and 22 million individuals.
In other executive orders signed on Wednesday, Biden put a stop to the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, a key feature of former President Trump’s immigration plan. And, Biden also reversed an executive order from Trump that stopped illegal immigrants from being counted for the purposes of congressional apportionment.
A more general executive order signed by Biden on Wednesday replaced the Trump administration’s strict enforcement tone with a more lenient one, with regard to immigration policy.
Biden’s message has been sent
All of this demonstrates that President Biden is keen on opening America’s borders back up. The executive orders signed on Wednesday are a giant step in that direction. It is, however, only the beginning. Outlets are reporting that Biden has more immigration plans that he will reveal before the end of the month.
Many of us would argue that these policies are in and of themselves bad for America. But, even those who disagree, must admit that, considering the domestic problems that our country is currently facing, opening up our borders is probably not the best idea at this time. Time will tell.