What are Joe Biden's executive orders?

PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden plans to sign more than a dozen executive orders during his first day in office.

Biden is expected to overturn 17 Donald Trump policies signed by the outgoing president during his presidency.

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What are Joe Biden's executive orders?

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, and has promised to reverse 17 policies from the outgoing president, including the controversial Muslim Ban.

Biden executive order list includes:

  • Launch a 100 Days Masking Challenge
  • Rejoin the World Health Organization
  • Structure the federal government to coordinate a unified national response to Covid-19
  • Extend Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums
  • Extend Student Loan Pause


  • Rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Roll back Trump’s Environmental Actions in order to protect public health and the environment and restore science
  • Launch a whole-of-government initiative to advance racial equity
  • Reverse Trump’s executive order excluding undocumented immigrants from the reapportionment count
  • Preserve and fortify protections for Dreamers
  • Reverse the Muslim Ban
  • Repeal of Trump interior enforcement executive order
  • Stop border wall construction
  • Deferred enforced departure for Liberians presidential memorandum
  • Preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Executive branch personnel ethics executive order

What is Trump's Mexico border Wall?

On January 25, 2017, Trump signed an executive order to built a wall along the Mexico-United States border.

The construction of the Trump wall was a central presidential campaign promise by.

By January 5, 2021, 452 miles of border wall had been built.

What is Trump's 1776 Commission?

Trump's 1776 Commission calls on schools to apply a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US.

In one passage, the 1776 Commission argued that America's founding fathers should not be seen as hypocrites for espousing freedom despite the existence of slavery in the country.

"The most common charge leveled against the founders, and hence against our country itself, is that they were hypocrites who didn’t believe in their stated principles, and therefore the country they built rests on a lie," the report says.

"This charge is untrue, and has done enormous damage, especially in recent years, with a devastating effect on our civic unity and social fabric.

"Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil," the report added.

"It is essential to insist at the outset that the institution be seen in a much broader perspective."

The commission is an apparent counter to The New York Times' 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project aimed at teaching Americans students about slavery.

Speaking last fall, Trump called the project "toxic propaganda".

What was the Muslim travel ban?

In January 2017, Trump signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which was politically labeled as a Muslim Ban.

Under the ban, millions of people fleeing violence, hoping to reunite with their families, access medical treatment, pursue their careers, and many more are banned from entering the United States. 

The restrictions have blocked travel by people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea, and political officials from Venezuela. 

As a result, the number of refugees from Muslim majority countries seeking protection in the US has declined.

The number of visas issued to nationals of Muslim majority countries – including nationals from non-banned countries has declined as well

What are the rules on wearing masks?

During his first day in office, Biden is expected to ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office.

He said in December, he believes there would be a "significant reduction" in Covid-19 cases if every American wore a face covering.

"The first day I'm inaugurated to say I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask, not forever. One hundred days.

"And I think we'll see a significant reduction if we occur that, if that occurs with vaccinations and masking to drive down the numbers considerably."

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