A Comprehensive Series that Analyzes the Actions of President Joe Biden on his First 100 Days in Office
January 30th, 2021 – February 8th, 2021
This past week, President Biden has proven that he remains consistent with his campaign promises on equality, immigration, and national security. President Biden has slowed down on the signing of executive actions compared to his first week in office. However, he is still among the top percentage of presidents when it comes to the signing of executive actions within the first 100 days in office.
One of President Biden’s personal goals is to renew the United States’ standing on a global scale. The president plans to work towards improving foreign relationships and ensuring American values are prevalent in foreign policy-making.
The United States this past year has experienced unprecedented social turmoil. From George Floyd’s death to the hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests across the country, it is apparent that the United States is not set up for the equitable treatment of people of color.
Additionally, after the rolling back of protections for members of the LGBTQI+ community under the Trump Administration, President Biden plans to reinstate these protections. According to President Biden’s Platform on Advancing LGBTQI+ Equality, he will strive to be a leader that encourages others to champion the rights of LGBTQI+ members across the globe.
- As a proponent of LGBTQI+ rights, President Biden is continuing to strive for equality within this community. The Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ reaffirms the Obama Administration memorandum signed on December 6th, 2011. The 2011 memorandum is based on all people at home and abroad being treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation. Specifically, this memorandum will call on agencies that work abroad to combat the criminalization, discrimination, abuse, and intolerance of LGBTQI+ communities across the world. President Biden also wants to ensure refugees’ and asylum seekers’ protections within the LGBTQI+ community by working with the Department of State, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security to provide the community with any resources they may need.
- President Biden’s 2021 Proclamation on National Black History Month declares February as Black History Month in America. In this proclamation, President Biden addresses racial inequality in America by speaking of the launch of a government-wide approach to make health care, education, housing, and the justice system more equitable. This proclamation is an additional step towards eliminating systemic racism.
The organizations and agencies responsible for immigration policies and processes in the United States are outdated and discriminatory. Under the Trump Administration, families and children were separated from each other at the border, refugees and asylum seekers were disrespected and looked down upon, and the American peoples’ trust in the immigration system was on the downfall.
- The Executive Order on Resettling Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration addresses the United States’ values towards refugees and methods to aid migrants. The order moves to expand the United States Refugee Admissions Program to address global humanitarian concerns. The order also addresses the issues that arise from climate change regarding migration, including displacement and relocation. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs will be tasked with assessing national security issues related to climate displacement and potential solutions.
- The Executive Order on the Reunification of Families addresses the humanitarian issue of families being separated at America’s southern border by establishing an interagency task force. This order will strive to identify and reunite all children separated from their families under the Trump Administration. The order will also provide mental health resources to children impacted by the inhumane conditions at the border.
- The Executive Order to Address the Causes of Migration and Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers will help the government understand the conditions that cause people to flee their countries and expand programs that allow refugees to receive protection and an efficient path to citizenship. The order will also support and expand asylum processing at the southern border.
- As previously mentioned, the American peoples’ trust in the immigration systems has weakened over the past decade. The Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans moves to address this issue. Additionally, this order promotes the process of naturalization and the accessibility of becoming a United States citizen. The naturalization process will be expedited for eligible individuals, and reduced processing fees are being analyzed.
The protection of our country’s people and land are among the top priorities of the American President. As Commander-in-Chief, President Biden must make domestic and foreign decisions with our country’s safety in mind.
- The Memorandum on Revitalizing America’s Foreign Policy and National Security Workforce, Institutions, and Partnerships focuses on redefining and refocusing the United States’ national security goals. In this order, President Biden is emphasizing integrity, diversity, equity, inclusion, transparency, modernization, service, and accountability when it comes to national security decision-making. President Biden also wants to use the impact of decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic to develop plans and resources to combat future biomedical threats.
- The Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States is designed to increase foreign tariffs on aluminum to protect the domestic aluminum industry. The tariff primarily impacts aluminum imports from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the country is displacing domestic aluminum sales.
To help ensure national security interests are protected, President Biden signed the Memorandum on Renewing the National Security Council System. The National Security Council will address homeland security issues, global public health, international economics, climate, science and technology, cybersecurity, and migration. The diverse panel of national security issues will call for the expertise of many government agencies.
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