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Biden to sign 17 executive orders on first day in office, reversing numerous Trump policies

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President-elect Joe Biden will sign 17 executive orders on his first day in office, reversing many orders issued by President Donald Trump, Fox News has reported.

Biden’s first order is to impose a federal mask mandate. The “100 Days Masking Challenge” will require masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.

Biden will also install a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee the Biden White House’s efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.

Moreover, the order by President Trump to complete the border wall construction will be reversed, according to Biden officials. That order will require an “immediate termination” of funding for the border wall at the U.S.- Mexico border. Construction will be put on “immediate pause” and funding will be redirected, Fox News reports.

Biden will reverse the travel ban from several largely Muslim and African countries as well, despite concerns among opponents that some of these nations governments are incapable of providing the vetting needed to ensure the security of those entering the U.S., as previously reported by Sara Carter.

In 2017, Trump signed an executive order suspending entry into the U.S. from the nations of Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. The ban was extended in Jan 2020 to include an additional six countries.

According to Fox News, Biden will instruct the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries in an effort to “restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans.”

Biden is planning to reverse Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Biden is also expected to restore the White House’s National Security Council’s pandemic unit, which Trump disbanded early in his administration.

Biden is expected to rejoin the Paris climate agreement that was created during the Obama administration, to combat global warming.

Further, Biden will revoke a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Other actions Biden will take Wednesday include extending the student loan pause, extending eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, launching a government initiative to advance racial equity and signing an executive order that prohibits against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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