Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of months, you’ll know that democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 American Presidential Election.
In fact, you might very well be tired of US politics in general, and if so - I don’t blame you. But bear with me for the following question; are you familiar with Joe Biden’s vision for the currently un-United States? If you are, that’s
great! That being said, it has come to my attention that significantly few people know Biden’s policies and how he’s planning on unifying the US after Trump's polarizing presidency. A good way to acknowledge Biden’s presidential game plan is to recognize what he’ll hopefully be doing for his first 100 days in office. That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to read through Biden’s 100 days-plan and provided you with a short summary of what I consider to be the most important non-coronavirus related steps in Biden’s gameplan. Enjoy.
Reverse a handful of Trump’s policies, including the construction of the U.S Mexican border wall
Within Biden’s 100 day plan, we’ll see that the president-elect calls for better treatment of people crossing the US border from Mexico. To do so, there will be a reform of the US asylum system by stopping Trump’s administration’s “metering” asylum cases. The concept of “metering” is a term used by Customs and Border Protection at ports of entries between Mexico and the U.S. though the U.S asylum law states that anyone who crosses the border has the right to seek asylum. That being said, Trump's administration pushed legislation forces to ensure that anyone seeking to cross the border must fill in an application of entry and turn back to Mexico until further notice. Pre-coronavirus statistics indicate that there are over 19.000 pending asylum applications in the US. These numbers are problematic for a numerous of reasons which Joe Biden himself acknowledges; seeking asylum from persecution is a human right and goes to show that the US has a ‘broken immigration system’. More so, Biden pledges to remove funding toward continued construction of Trump's infamous ‘wall’ along the US and Mexican border. That being said, Biden will not fund tearing down the parts of the wall that already exists.
Increase police reform
During the 2020 presidential election, democrat Joe Biden was heavily favoured from Donald Trump in the African-American communities. Joe Biden has on various occasions voiced his support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement throughout the Presidential Election, seemingly in contrast from that of Donald Trump. During the president-elect acceptance speech, Joe Biden took the opportunity to express his gratefulness:
“- and especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest - the African-American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours”.
It is therefore no wonder that a US police reform is on Biden’s agenda for his 100-day plan. In response to the national outrage that erupted in the US due to the violent police killings of George Floyd, Daniel Prude and Breonna Taylor to mention 3 of the 6557 killed by police from 2014 to 2019, Biden will institute a national police oversight commission. The previously mentioned commission seems to be part of a larger overhaul to help policing in the US, as Biden plans on tasking the Justice Department with investigating issues regarding prosecutorial misconduct. Additionally, the to-be president aims to invest over $300 million into community policing measures within his first 100-days in office.
Start on a $2 trillion climate change
Lastly, and perhaps what will affect you and me the most - is the $2 trillion climate change budget for Biden’s term. The investment’s purpose is to boost reliance on clean energy and to sustain climate friendly practices. Furthermore, Biden states that roughly 40% of the funds will be to support communities who are the most heavily affected by climate change. Additionally, for the three people reading this who were not made aware of the fact that Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Paris accord, Joe Biden is planning on re-submitting the US within his first 100-days in office. In fact, Biden heads into office with extensive environmental goals as proposed in the clean energy plan, which states that the US should get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Skrevet av Amanda Louisa Johnsen Hernandez
Illustrasjon av Casper Sørestrand