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Biden Revokes Trump Executive Orders on Immigration, Monuments and More

  • May 14, 2021

The Biden administration on Friday revoked a Trump-era restriction on migrants who enter the country without health coverage and rolled back six executive orders intended to stoke anger over street protests and attacks on Confederate monuments in 2020.

The actions, while hardly unexpected, represented a broad repudiation of former President Donald J. Trump, and his practice of using executive orders to advance his political agenda.

A White House spokesman did not comment on the moves.

Mr. Trump’s orders, which were announced with much fanfare did not, in the end, amount to any real policy changes. The health care proclamation, announced in October 2019, could have had the most significant impact: It would have restricted immigration to the United States to people who were insured and could prove they could pay their own health care bills, but it was quickly blocked by a U.S. District Court judge in Oregon.

The others rolled back on Friday were a grab-bag of Trump pronouncements and initiatives that now seem like a time capsule of his tempestuous, news-cycle-driven presidency, including a proposed sculpture garden to honor the “great figures of America’s history,” first proposed on July 3, 2020, at a rally at Mt. Rushmore. It was never funded.

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