‘We Must All Reaffirm Our Pledge to Be Good Stewards of Our Citizenship’
| AUSTIN, Texas — During his first day in the Oval Office on Wednesday, January 20th, President Biden signed 17 executive orders. Some of these actions reversed Trump administration’s policies. |
In response to these actions, iVoterGuide President Debbie Wuthnow stated, “The actions taken by the new administration during its first day are evidence of why Christians must stay involved and ‘not be weary in well-doing’ even when faced with obstacles or discouragement.” “Close races from the top of the ballot to the bottom of the ballot – as well as victories for conservatives from the U.S. House all the way down to district and judicial elections – prove that conservative votes DO make a difference. When we see what’s happening in our nation, we must all reaffirm our pledge to be good stewards of our citizenship. Resignation is not an option. As we have for the last decade, iVoterGuide will be leading the way for citizens to make an impact in the 2021 and 2022 elections.”
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Among the 17 executive orders were five notable actions that Biden took on his first day in office. They include the issues of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, immigration, climate change, and a mandate on wearing face masks on federal property. Gender identity and sexual orientation—Biden signed an executive order that ordered government agencies to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, equating it to federal civil rights law.
Reversing the so-called ‘Muslim ban’—Biden reversed executive orders taken by former President Donald Trump to limit immigration from nations where individuals were deemed to pose a terror threat to the United States. The countries affected by the travel ban before Biden’s revocation were Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Paris Climate Agreement— In a very brief announcement, Biden said that the United States was rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, which was aimed at taking measures to combat manmade climate change.
Facemask mandate—Biden signed an executive order that required the wearing of face masks for all who are working at or visiting federal property. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—Biden ordered the DACA program be continued and strengthened. “DACA and associated regulations permit eligible individuals who pass a background check to request temporary relief from removal and to apply for temporary work permits.”
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