(Updated on 21st Jaunary 2021 12:05 pm)
Actions speak louder than words, Joe Biden signed 3 Executive Orders out of 17 urgent actions announced, just minutes after he took office before The Capitol as 46th President of the United States of America.
In these Executive orders, the second irish roman catholic President of the United States after John F. Kennedy rewinds some of Trump’s rules and memoranda on inmigration, the pandemic and unilateralism in foreign policy related to health and climate change.
1.- New rules on inmigation:
a) Stopping the construction of The Wall at the frontier with Mexico and redirecting of funds diverted to the border wall construction
b) Abolishing ban on travelling into the United States for citizens coming from several muslim countries
c) Reinstating and fortifying DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) memorandum again.
The executive branch memorandum, announced by President Barack Obama on June 15th , 2012, DACA allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children, known as dreamers, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the USA.
In August 2018, USCIS estimated there were 699,350 active DACA recipients residing in the United States.
d) Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
e) Revocation of Executive Order 13768 of January 25, 2017 (Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States).
2.- New rules to avoid COVID-19 contagions:
Joe Biden establishes the obligation of using facemasks and keeping social distancing inside Federal Governent’s buildings and some other actions to fight against the pandemic (clic below below on the link to the press briefing by President Biden update on measures against COVID-19 ).
3.- Reinstating participation in multilateral agreements:
The 46th President of the United States brings the USA back to the Paris agreement on climate change and informs the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, that the USA will not leave UN WHO (World Health Organisation).
Trump had detached the country from both the climate change agreement and the UN arm for global health.
Return to the multilateral approach: No more “America first” by force or at any cost
On the foreign policy field, Biden said in his speech at the Inauguration Day Proclamation ceremony: “Look, folks, all of my colleagues I served with in the House and hte Senate up here we all understand, the world is watching. Watching all of us today. So here’s my message to those beyond our borders.
America has been tested, and we’ve come out stronger for it.
We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again not to beat yesterday’s challenges, but todays’s and tomorrow’s challenges. And we will live not merely by the example of our power but the power of our example.
We will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress and security.”
United we can
The 46th President of the United States Joe Biden declared himself decided to leave behind Trump’s way bu not the followers of Trump.
On his speech at the Inauguration Day Proclamation ceremony, just after being taken Oath, Joe Biden underscored one time and another the strong need for unity of all american fellows to face the grieves and challenges posed by the COVID-19, the social divide, and the economical crisis derived from the pandemic.
He said he will be the President for all americans no matter if they have voted for him or not.
But Joe Biden made clear hat he will prosecute any violent act of domestic terrorism, like the recent assault to The Capitol.
A victory for the cause of democracy
The 46th President of te United States said in his inaugural speech: “Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, the cause of democracy.
The people, the will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded.
We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.
So now on this hallow ground we’re just a few days to go violence sought to shakethe Capitol’s very foundation we come together as one nation under God indivisible to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.
As we look ahead in our uniquely american way restless, bold optimistic and set our sights on the nation we know we can be and we must be.”
Building the country that anyone would want to bequeath to their children
“It’s time for boldness, for there is so much to do,” Biden said in his Inaugural speech and continued “And this is certain. I promise you, we will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era, we will rise to the question, will we maser this rare and difficult hour, will we meet our obligations and pass along a new and better world to our children?, “asked Joe Biden and answered in his same speech: “I believe we must.
I’m sure you do as well.
“I believe we will, and when we do, we will write the next great chapter in the history of the United States of America, the american story.
A story that might sound something like a song that means a lot to me.
It’s called American Anthem.”
Not only supported, but hand in hand with strong women
Facts speak again louder than words. Joe Biden will be supported by the first indian-american female Vice President in the history of the United States. Both harris and Biden were taken Oath by the first latin american female judge at the Supreme Court, Saonia Sotomayor, and he has named more women than any other POTUS for his Cabinet.
I have already commented the “feminist and inclusive” approach of Biden’s selection of the members of his Cabinet. Readers intersted can find a link to this content published on the Spanish edition of eastwind at the end of this post.
If all these actions weren’t enough, Joe Biden referred to the fight for the women’s vote at the United States: “Here we stand. Looking out on the great mall where Dr.King spoke of his dream, here we stand, where 108 years ago, at anoher inaugural, Thousands of protesters tried to block brave women, marching for the right to vote. And today we mark the swearing in of the first women in american history elected to a national Office, vice President Kamala Harris.
Don’t tell the things can’t change here we stand, accross the Potomac from Arlington cementery where heroes who gave the last full measure of devotion rest in eternal peace.”
Most decent government at the service of all americans
If there’s a promise of great change in Biden’s speech is a radically different approach to the to the role of a POTUS 8President of the United States). Other than Trump’s actions, Joe Biden talks about “service” and “decency” : “I give you my word that I will always loyal with you. I will defend the Constitution. I will defend our democracy. I’ll defend America. I will give all of you for keeping everyting I do in your service thinking not of power but of possibilities, not a personal interest but the public good and together we shall write an american story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not of darkness.
A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. May this be the story that guides us, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered a call of history.
We met the moment.
Democracy and hope, truth and justice did not die on our watch but thrived that America’s secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world.
That is what we owe our four barrels, one another and generations to follow.”
Image over the headline.- 46th President of the United States giving his inaugural speech on 20th January 2021 at The Capitol. Image caption from the Inaugural Ceremony video on You Tube. © Joint Congresional Commiteee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Related external links:
List of Executive orders signed by the 46thPresident of the United States between 20th and 21st january 2021 (Source, The White House):
Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security