The president-elect has pledged to immediately lift travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on more than a dozen nations.
On the first day of his presidency, President-elect Joe Biden plans to lift Donald Trump’s travel bans on travelers from 13 countries, most of them Muslim-majority or African nations.
Shortly after taking office in 2017, Trump issued an executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
The Trump administration revised the order several times in response to legal challenges, and the Supreme Court upheld a version of it in 2018. The countries that have entry restrictions have changed over the years.
The bans could easily be lifted as they were enacted by executive order and a proclamation of the president, according to policy experts, but lawsuits from conservatives could delay the process.
In October, Biden also pledged to press politicians for legislation to tackle the growing number of hate crimes in the United States.
“As President, I will work with you to pull the poison of hatred out of our society, to honor your contributions and to seek your ideas. My government will be like America, with Muslim Americans serving at all levels, ”he said.
“On the first day, I will end Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban.”
Trump imposed the travel restrictions – often referred to by critics as a “Muslim ban” – through a series of executive orders singling out Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, which sparked criticism that it was unlawful religious discrimination .
Trump then extended the ban to Venezuela and North Korea, and later added Nigeria, Sudan, Myanmar and three other countries to the list.
“Muslim communities are the first to feel Donald Trump’s attack on black and brown communities in this country with his heinous Muslim ban. That fight was the opening fire in nearly four years of constant pressure and abuse, ”said Biden.
“First day in the office”
The American-Islamic Relations Council (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the United States, congratulated Biden on his victory on Saturday and said he would keep his election promises.
“President-elect Biden has pledged to end the Muslim ban on his first day in office, to involve Muslims at all levels of his administration and to address issues of racial and religious discrimination,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director.
“We plan to work with other American Muslim leaders and organizations to ensure that the Biden government fulfills these promises. We also plan to continue holding our government accountable if it is wrong. “
During the campaign, Trump accused Biden of “wanting to end all travel bans, including those from jihadist regions, and implied his challenger would make people who come in and blow up our cities do things”.