Former President Donald J. Trump’s reputation was a stain upon the world’s minority communities, a “triumph” he was particularly proud of, especially where it concerned his crackdown on laws protecting groups from discrimination or his executive order banning travel from predominantly Muslim countries (except those where he does business). President Joe Biden has already overturned many of these shame-worthy acts.
And it hasn’t even been a difficult task. Many of Trump’s mandates were made by executive order, which means they can just as easily be erased from the annals of history. One of the biggest reversals is that of the Muslim ban, which Biden already rescinded. This means that the State Department can once again accept visa applications for citizens of those countries.
The new executive order goes one step further by stating that a proposal to “restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans, especially for individuals stuck in the waiver process and those who had immigrant visas denied” must be crafted and put into law. While the wording is somewhat abstract, it could mean that those who were most affected by the ban will have some sort of legal remedy.
What else has Biden done? He scrapped continued plans to build a border wall, scrapped plans for the extremely controversial oil pipeline from Canada, and rejoined the Paris climate accord. All of these actions could help repair relations not just within our country, but outside of it as well. Our fractured international relationships are on the mend.
Trump targeted many organizations the United States helped build by suggesting we were being treated very unfairly. He said the Paris Climate accord was “unfair” and withdrew based on only that sentiment. But the Paris Climate accord is a nonbinding agreement — a pledge to do better and try to save the world’s ecosystems from seemingly certain doom — and each country sets its own targets. Calling it unfair makes little sense.