Biden lifts ban on Muslims hours after taking oath
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES – Hours after being sworn in on Capitol Hill, the new US President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, including the lifting of a ban on Muslim immigrants from a number of countries, signed by his predecessor Donald Trump, whose Chaotic four-year reign ended on Wednesday.
Trump, who lost to Biden in November last year, had signed the order deemed discriminatory by many human rights groups and activists, with some accusing him of using his powers to violate international law. Somalia and Sudan are among the affected countries in Africa.
Posing as a liberal president, Biden, 78, rescinded orders and gave Muslims a reprieve, meaning they will only go through normal processes before being granted citizenship or asylum. United States. The ordinance targeted countries prone to terrorism.
Last week, Trump deported more than 80 Somalis, some of whom had remained in the United States for more than three decades after losing their asylum claims to the federal government. Thousands of people had already suffered similar consequences, but the situation could change completely under the new administration.
Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who is now serving as a member of Congress for a second term in the United States and who is passionate about non-discriminatory approaches, hailed Biden’s decision to rescind the order that had been signed by Trump. She called the decision a “victory for democracy”.
“The elections have consequences. Biden, hours after taking the oath, was able to: revoke the Muslim ban, join the Paris climate agreement, extend the federal moratorium on evictions, overturn census orders to exclude non-nationals, preserving or strengthening the DACA, and much more. It’s a new day, ”she said.
The swearing-in ceremony was limited to a few people due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 500,000 people in the United States. Several dignitaries were present, including former Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama.
“If you still don’t agree, so be it. This is democracy. This is America. The right to peacefully dissolve in the guardrails of our Republic is perhaps the greatest strength of this nation, ”said Biden, who is becoming the oldest person to become president of the United States.
President Joe Biden also promised to unite the Americans. “All my soul in this, bringing America together, uniting our people,” he said.
History was also made when Kamala Harris was sworn in as First Vice President of Asian, Black and American descent. She succeeds Mike Pence, who attended the ceremony boycotted by Donald Trump, whose tenure was largely chaotic.