President-elect Joe Biden will be reversing the travel ban imposed by the President Donald Trump administration on some Muslim(Arab) countries which it had “identified as presenting heightened concerns about terrorism.”
Biden’s incoming Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, said in a memo on Saturday, that the next president will be revoking such ban and other Trump policies through executive orders.
Specifically, he said the Biden administration will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, stop the travel restriction on Muslim countries, end evictions and student loan payments amid the Covid-19 pandemic, among other orders.
Recall that Trump had said that the decision to place the restriction (on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) was to protect the country from terrorists’ attack.
“Each of these countries is a state sponsor of terrorism, has been significantly compromised by terrorist organizations, or contains active conflict zones,” the White House had said in a statement in 2017.
But the administration later removed Sudan (in 2020) from the list of state sponsor of terrorism after it normalized relations with Israel.
Meanwhile, Trump’s policy on immigration had been greatly criticized by Democrats.
For instance, the democrats frowned when he tried repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)- an immigration policy by the President Barack Obama administration that allowed illegal immigrants stay in the country without fear of being deported.
When he had on June 2020, approached the Supreme Court to overturn it, it was rejected for being ” arbitrary and capricious.”