Biden revokes Trump-era executive actions on immigration, monuments and censorship
In his policy reversal, Biden said his administration “is committed to expanding access to quality and affordable health care” and that their goal can be achieved “without barring the entry of non-citizens who are seeking to immigrate legally to this country but lack the financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of eligible plans. ”
At the time, Trump said the action was aimed at “defending free speech against one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.” The action aimed to reduce the power of large social media platforms by reinterpreting a critical 1996 law that protects websites and tech companies from lawsuits.
Trump’s proposed Garden of American Heroes – another order issued amid last year’s protests that would have created a garden of statues featuring notable American figures – was also rejected by Biden on Friday.
Another order that was dropped was an attempt to “rename” foreign aid to “be appropriately and ostentatiously identified as US aid.” And an order issued in the last days of his tenure that sought “over-criminalization through regulatory reform” was also revoked.
Biden spent a significant portion of his other executive actions rescinding orders imposed by Trump.