CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- President Biden wasted no time signing multiple executive orders during his first full day in office.
First on the list, tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.
President Joe Biden says, “Our national strategy is comprehensive. It’s based science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial and it’s detailed. You can review this entire plan, this entire plan by going to whitehouse.gov. It is so detailed. It is over, over 198 pages.”
Some of the other executive orders will provide up to 100 million vaccine doses by the end of April, and reopen most schools safely within 100 days.
Others will focus on improving the United States for immigrants.
Local Immigration Attorney Terry Olsen says that these changes will be huge for families who are worried about deportation.
“ICE cannot apprehend any other individuals, unless they are a threat to the U.S. So, if an individual has already been ordered removed, by an immigration court, this executive order states that they cannot be apprehended by ICE”, adds Olsen.
This particular executive order also revokes the Muslim travel ban and stops border wall construction.
As a proud immigrant and one of only 14 naturalized citizens in Congress, I know that Dreamers are American. Dreamers are home. Dreamers are us.
I’m glad to see Biden protecting DACA, and I’m ready to work with him to pass humane immigration reform that makes Dreamers citizens. pic.twitter.com/laTqJjLOEE
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 20, 2021
Another hot topic addressed in the orders, rejoining The Paris Climate Accord.
We’re back in the Paris Climate Agreement.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 21, 2021
Professor Ken Ellinger of Dalton State says that this move will be beneficial for the future.
“There’s a consensus and the clock is ticking. We owe it to our kids and grand-kids to not leave our planet in really really bad shape.So, I think ultimately, that could be as important as any of them”, adds Ellinger.
The White House says that President Biden plans to meet with Congressional leaders to discuss the future of another Coronavirus relief package.