Aids to the president-elect say 15 decrees will be issued immediately after he is sworn in on Wednesday.
In his early hours as president, Joe Biden will attempt to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s political legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden plans to launch his new administration on Wednesday with orders to bring the United States back to the Paris climate agreement and to the World Health Organization, aides said.
The new president “will take action – not only to reverse the most serious damage of the Trump administration – but also to start moving our country forward,” the aides said in a statement.
Biden will sign 15 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as America’s leader to break with Trump’s departure policies and open new avenues on immigration, the environment, the fight against COVID-19 and the economy, they said.
In the early days, he will end Trump’s heavily assaulted ban on visitors from several Muslim-majority countries and stop construction of the wall Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
It will also set a mask mandate on federal properties to stem the spread of COVID-19; restore protections to nature reserves removed by Trump; and demand a freeze on evictions and protection for millions of people behind on their mortgages due to the pandemic.
He also plans to send a bill to Congress to overhaul immigration policies and give millions of undocumented migrants living in the country a path to citizenship that the Trump administration has refused.