Biden’s first days in office set productive tone

Brooke J. Freundschuh, Arts & Entertainment Editor

President Joseph R. Biden entered the White House with large ambitions on how to improve the condition of America. He has referred to his administration as a “healing” from the Trump administration. 

He has signed 29 executive orders so far, as well as multiple proclamations and memorandums.

Shortly after taking office, Biden made the decision to stop the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit to cross the border from Canada into the United States. 

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a source of much controversy over the last decades, amongst environmentalists, Indigenous people and those whose farm land is cut in half by the pipeline. 

While this decision will be in the best interest of the environment by stopping the destruction of forests, it will also take jobs from Americans employed by this project. 

In addition, Biden has further upheld his dedication to environmental preservation by rejoining the Paris Agreement. 

The accord was signed in 2016. It is a set of standards being followed to fight climate change worldwide. It is a legally binding agreement which seeks to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses. 

In regards to health, Biden has taken significant action to stop the spread of Covid-19. However, he accidentally broke his own mandate requiring masks on federal property. He continues to enforce the wearing of masks and social distancing. 

Another of his immediate decisions after taking office was to rejoin the United States to the World Health Organization. America will once more be under the medical direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor. 

Perhaps the biggest development Biden is trying to make is the widespread distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. He made a famous promise that 100 million doses would be administered in his first 100 days in office. He has promised community vaccination centers and even mobile vaccination vehicles for those unable to make it to a site. He has confirmed that all vaccinations will be free. 

President Biden has ended the Muslim ban, placed on the United States by President Trump. In fact, six of his executive orders, memorandums and proclamations have been related to immigration and travel policy changes instilled by the Trump administration. 

All of the countries that were banned from traveling to the United States were located in the Middle East and Africa. Most of them are home to a primarily Islam practicing population. 

He called for a halt in the construction of the border wall. He is working on the development of a plan to aid immigrants in getting their citizenship. Over 11 million will be included in those being helped by these policies.

As Commander-In-Chief of the United States military, Biden has changed the ban on the transgender community, which prohibited them from joining the armed forces. 

It is Biden’s belief that anyone who is willing and able to serve our nation should be able to, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Perhaps the most controversial choices Biden has made have been related to abortion. He seeks to reverse Trumps work to make healthcare, including abortion access, limited to women. 

His main action is reversing the Mexico City Policy, which banned the U.S. from funding foreign organizations that perform or even promote abortions. This decision has angered many Americans who do not believe the U.S. should be funding abortions, especially internationally. 

Whether or not one agrees with Biden’s policies and many changes that are in the works, he has proven that he is not the stereotype of a politician who makes promises on the campaign trail that are pushed aside or forgotten once he takes office.