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Biden issues 15 orders undoing Trump policies

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. President Joe Biden used his first day in office to issue a raft of executive orders undoing some of former President Donald Trump's marquee policies on climate change and immigration.

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Topics: BIDEN    TRUMP   

Among the 15 executive orders Biden signed Wednesday was an order to rejoin the Paris climate accord and end a Trump-era policy that blocked entry of people from several Muslim-majority countries.

Biden made rejoining the climate agreement a key point of his presidential campaign, vowing to undue former president Donald Trump's policy.

Biden also ended the entry ban on citizens from over a dozen countries, including Eritrea, Yemen, Nigeria and Sudan.

Biden issued an executive order halting construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico, dealing a blow to one of Trump's signature policy goals meant to keep South American immigrants out of the US.

The president also signed an executive order mandating that people wear masks in all federal buildings and on federal lands in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

As part of his executive order Biden asked everyone in the United States to wear a mask when in public for at least the next 100 days.

The president has also sent a bill to Congress to overhaul the country's immigration system, his team said earlier.


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