Washington – US President Joe Biden on Friday revoked a series of decrees from his predecessor, Donald Trump, on immigration, social media and the destruction of Confederate statues, among other issues.
The White House reported the annulment of several Trump proclamations and executive orders.
In one of the announcements, Biden reported the end of a policy that since November 2019 prevented immigrants unable to pay for health care expenses in the United States from obtaining visas and also those individuals who could not prove that they would obtain health insurance a month later. to reach the country.
Biden assured that his government wants to “expand access to affordable and quality health care”, but for this it does not need to prohibit the entry of immigrants with few economic resources.
On the other hand, the president annulled an order by Trump for the Department of Justice to investigate companies such as Facebook and Twitter for eliminating false content or that incites violence.
Trump himself, who considered that those policies restricted freedom of expression, was banned on Twitter and Facebook after the assault on the Capitol on January 6.
Another of the revoked orders referred to foreign aid: its objective was that all the assistance from the United States be distributed with the same logo, instead of with the different symbols that it currently carries, depending on the agency that delivers it.
In addition, Biden ended a project to build a new monument dubbed the “National Garden of America’s Heroes,” with which Trump wanted to pay tribute to a variety of historical figures, from music stars like Whitney Houston to conservative politicians. , like the evangelical Reverend Billy Graham.
Also revoked was an order that Trump signed in June 2020 to request that any act of vandalism against federal property be prosecuted “to the fullest extent possible”.
The former president took this measure as a result of the wave of protests against racism that shook the country over the death, in May 2020, of the African-American George Floyd, asphyxiated by a white policeman.
In that event, he caused some protesters to destroy the statues of those who fought on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War (1861-1865), considering them racist symbols. The action also extended to monuments of the country’s founding fathers and explorers linked to the Spanish “conquest” of America.