U.S. President Joe Biden will announce on Monday the reinstatement of travel restrictions from the United Kingdom, the European Union, South Africa and Brazil, according to NBC and CNN. Biden signed on Friday two new executive orders to help citizens hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The new president detailed a roadmap in which the federal government will assume more weight in managing the health crisis and ordered a quarantine for travelers from other countries. On Wednesday, the president signed his first 15 executive orders on migration, climate change, the economy and to improve the response to the epidemic, such as the country’s return to the World Health Organization (WHO). The U.S. surpassed the 400,000 coronavirus death toll over the weekend and Biden warned that the figure will continue to rise significantly, to over 600,000. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is trying to block Biden’s measure freezing migrant deportations claiming that his state would face “irreparable harm” if it is allowed.
End of the veto on transgender people in the military
President Joe Biden could lift this Monday the veto on transgender people enlisting in the US Army, reports CNN television network, thus overriding the ban adopted by Donald Trump in July 2017. About 1.3 million people serve in the US Armed Forces, but there is no data on the number of trans people. Trump’s veto prevented new additions to the ranks, but did not affect those who previously wore the uniform, Reuters reports.
One of the first measures adopted by Joe Biden, on the very day of his inauguration as president, was an immigration reform bill that aims at the regularization of 11 million undocumented immigrants. The first point is to offer immediate permanent residency to the 700,000 dreamers, the young people who came to the US as children and whose status, protected by the DACA program, Trump especially criticized. Several dreamers do not hide their hope, but also their caution.
President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation this Sunday with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. After speaking with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the new U.S. president has begun contacting the main European leaders. Macron has indicated that there is convergence on a number of issues, including addressing the crisis and international security. Both presidents reiterated their commitment to cooperate to combat the pandemic within the framework of the World Health Organization (WHO).
One of the first steps taken by Biden was to reinstate US membership in the WHO.