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Biden takes sweeping Day One action on halting the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

Mexico praised President Biden's executive order halting construction of border wall

Photo: REUTERS/Tom Brenner
  • The steps Biden is taking will end a travel ban Trump put in place on some majority-Muslim countries;
  • He is also calling upon his administration to strengthen the DACA program for immigrants brought to the United States as children.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday began signing 15 executive actions addressing the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and racial inequality, and undoing some policies put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump.

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The actions, fulfilling his promise to move quickly on Day One of his presidency, initiate the process of the United States rejoining the Paris climate accord and include the revocation of the presidential permit granted for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The steps Biden is taking will end a travel ban Trump put in place on some majority-Muslim countries. He is also calling upon his administration to strengthen the DACA program for immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The new president is also ordering the wearing of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings and on all federal lands and is ending a national emergency declaration that was the basis for diverting some federal funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Later on, Mexico praised President Biden’s executive order halting construction of border wall.

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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, an admirer of Trump, greeted Biden in a letter sent to the White House, reported Folha de S. Paulo. The Brazilian President defended partnerships “in favor of sustainable development and protection of the environment.”

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