11 Controversial Executive Orders Signed by President Biden

Executive orders are a big deal in American politics. They are special rules the President can make without asking Congress first. Some people like them, while others think they give the President too much power.

Since taking office, President Biden has signed quite a few executive orders. Some of these have stirred up a lot of debate. Have you heard of them?

Mask mandate on federal property

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Biden ordered everyone on federal land to wear masks. This included government workers and visitors. Some people liked it, saying it would help stop COVID-19. Others thought it was too strict and hurt personal freedom.

Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement

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The U.S. went back into this big world climate deal. Supporters say it’s good for the planet; critics worry it might hurt American jobs and the economy. They also think other countries might not follow the rules as closely as the U.S.

Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline

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Biden stopped this big oil pipeline project. He said it was bad for the environment. But some people were upset because it meant losing jobs. People also said it would make gas prices go up, causing bigger problems for the locals.

Pausing Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Lands

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This order stopped new oil and gas drilling on government land for a while. People who care about the environment are happy. But others said it would make the U.S. depend more on foreign oil and hurt the economy.

Ending the “Muslim Travel Ban”

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Biden got rid of rules that made it hard for people from some Muslim countries to come to the U.S. Many thought this was fair and stopped discrimination. Locals have mixed emotions about this since others worried it might make the country less safe.

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Stopping Border Wall Construction

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Biden stopped building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump started. Some praised this as more humane, while others argued it made the border less secure and encouraged illegal immigration.

Preserving DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

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This order protected a program that helped people who came to the U.S. illegally as kids. It lets them stay and work in America. Supporters say it’s fair, but critics argue it rewards illegal immigration.

Lifting the transgender military ban

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Biden reversed a rule that stopped transgender people from serving in the military. Many saw this as a win for equality as they finally got the opportunity to pursue their careers. But, of course, others worried it might affect military readiness and spending.

Expanding food stamp benefits

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Biden’s order increased food assistance during tough times. It helped many struggling families put food on the table. But some folks worry it’s too expensive and might make people rely on handouts instead of working.

Extending the pause on student loan payments

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Biden gave students more time before they had to start paying back their college loans. This was a big relief for many young people having money troubles. But some people think it’s not fair to those who worked hard to pay off their loans already. They also worry it might cost the country a lot of money in the long run.

Rejoining the World Health Organization

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Biden put the U.S. back in the World Health Organization after Trump pulled out. His supporters say it helps us team up with other countries to tackle big health problems. But some folks think the WHO doesn’t treat America fairly and that being part of it costs us too much cash.

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