February 2021

February 25

President Biden committed to protect Saudi Arabia from Iranian-aligned groups, while his administration continued to embolden these very groups by de-listing them from terrorist rosters and calling for a return to the Iranian nuclear deal.

February 24

President Biden revoked the Trump proclamation that temporarily prohibited entry into the U.S. of foreigners during COVID who would present a risk to American jobs. The purpose of the Trump proclamation was to protect the United States labor market during the American economic recovery—the Biden action reverses these protections.

February 24

President Biden signed an executive order in order to revoke multiple presidential actions from the Trump-Pence administration. The Biden order unwound the Trump-Pence administration’s attempt to rein in and bring accountability to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It also revoked the Trump memos prohibiting collective bargaining by Defense Department staff and calling for the withholding of certain federal funds from cities that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction. The Biden order restored regulatory barriers for private-sector workers returning to work during COVID and restored the ability of career staff at federal agencies to make new regulations without the approval of political appointees.

February 24

President Biden revoked a Trump executive order that prohibited career staff at federal agencies from making new regulations without the approval of political appointees. The Biden order significantly hampers democratic accountability in agency rulemaking, increasing the influence of career officials over rules which govern the daily lives of Americans.

February 24

President Biden revoked a Trump executive order that directed secretaries of multiple federal agencies to conduct reviews of federal assistance programs in order to determine whether adding work requirements would help achieve program objectives.

February 24

President Biden revoked the Trump executive order promoting beautiful federal civil architecture.

February 23

The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) withdrew pending legal actions in Connecticut and Idaho that had been brought to support women athletes by banning biological males from competing in biological females’ sports competitions.

February 18

Secretary of State Blinken released a joint statement with the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom expressing a desire to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal (the “JCPOA”), even while recognizing that Iran is taking steps toward developing nuclear weapons.

February 17

President Biden repealed the Trump executive order expanding industry-recognized apprenticeships and expanded government-overseen apprenticeships. This step was taken because industry-recognized apprenticeships explicitly are not government-overseen and may not pay on union wage scales.

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February 12

Secretary of State Antony Blinken removed the terrorist designation from the Iranian-terrorist-funded Houthis in Yemen.

February 11

President Biden declared an end to the national emergency at the border and ordered an end to the diversion of taxpayer dollars to construct a wall at the southern border, contrary to current law. This declaration was made despite record surges in unauthorized border crossings.

February 8

The United States gave legitimacy to the totalitarian-led, anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council by rejoining it as an observer.

February 6

President Biden suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which were aimed at reducing illegal immigration into Mexico and the United States.

February 4

President Biden revoked President Trump’s executive orders that reduced abuse of the refugee system and that incorporated state and local opinions into refugee resettlement.

February 4

President Biden directed immigration authorities to treat certain non-married same-sex couples as legally married couples to further reduce restrictions on refugee resettlement.

February 4

President Biden ordered the production of an interagency report detailing “climate change and its impact on migration, including forced migration, internal displacement, and planned relocation.”

February 4

President Biden included “climate” as an area of action for the National Security Council and included the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate as a regular attendee of the National Security Council

February 2

President Biden repealed several of President Trump’s executive orders meant to strengthen security measures against illegal immigration. This action was taken despite growing numbers of unauthorized entries at the southern border, thus encouraging further violation of U.S. immigration law.

February 2

President Biden set in motion a review of the asylum system with the aim of expanding available pathways for immigrants to claim asylum, contrary to existing asylum law that requires people to seek asylum in the closest or easiest country to their own.

February 2

President Biden reinstated the policy of “catch and release”, a policy that releases undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border on the condition that they appear for future court hearings. In practice, this policy allows illegal immigrants to avoid facing court hearings altogether and makes a mockery of U.S. immigration law