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Biden’s executive orders will extend student loan pause, rejoin WHO, stop border wall construction

Biden Inauguration
Posted at 2:32 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 16:36:19-05

President Joe Biden is set to sign a number of executive orders this evening marking his first official actions from the Oval Office.

Among the slew of executive orders, many of them will negate previous orders and directives from Biden’s predecessor President Donald Trump.

Here are among the orders Biden is expected to sign this evening:

Extending the pause on federal student loan payments
Last month, the Trump administration signed an order to continue a pause in federal student loan repayments through the end of January. The Biden White House says the pause on federal student loan payments will run through September 30. The executive order is expected to be followed by legislation that will offer partial forgiveness of federal student loans for borrowers.

100-day mask mandate
The Biden administration is set to require masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors.

Rejoin the World Health Organization
Nearly a year after Trump removed the United States from the World Health Organization, Biden will sign an order to rejoin the WHO. As part of rejoining the WHO, Biden’s chief science adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci will deliver remarks to the WHO Executive Board tomorrow. Trump removed the US from the WHO after claiming that the organization failed to act against China in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic

Extending eviction and foreclosure moratoriums
The Biden White House is calling on the CDC to extend the federal eviction moratorium through at least March 31. Biden is also calling on federally guaranteed mortgages and applications for forbearance be extended through at least March 31. Also, Biden is calling on the Federal House Finance Agency to extend its foreclosure and eviction moratoriums through at least February 28.

Rejoin the Paris Agreement
After Trump removed the US from the worldwide Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the US will rejoin the accord within 30 days. The Paris Agreement was first signed by the Obama administration in hopes of reducing emissions in an effort to slow down the rate of global climate change.

Including undocumented immigrants in census
Biden is set to reverse a Trump directive that called on excluding undocumented immigrants from the reapportionment count in the census. The reapportionment count is used to divvy congressional seats to states. In previous decennial censuses, undocumented immigrants were included in the count.

Removing visa bans to predominately Muslin nations
An executive order will lift bans on issuing new visas to nationals of certain mostly Muslim nations, including Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria and other nations.

Stop border wall construction
The Biden administration will immediately terminate the national emergency declaration that allowed Trump to reallocate defense funds to be used to build the border wall. Trump reallocated the funds after Trump struggled to get funding through Congress for one of his top policy goals. The issue of using defense funds was hotly-contested in federal court.

Increase protections for ‘dreamers’
Biden will sign an ordered to call on Congress to enact legislation providing permanent status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and remained in the nation since their childhood.