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Joe Biden will end the Trump administration’s “draconian” immigration policies, the president has told his Mexican counterpart, after a flurry of policies and executive orders in the first days of his administration.

A White House readout of the call between the two leaders said a priority would be “reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies”.

In a separate call, Boris Johnson made clear to Mr Biden on Saturday that he was eager to forge a new trade deal with the US.

The two leaders also touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Biden administration announcing this week that the US would rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organisation.


US carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas”, the US military said on Sunday, at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan have raised concern in Washington.

The strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, the same day Taiwan reported a large incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defence identification zone in the vicinity of the Pratas Islands.

The State Department on Saturday said it “notes with concern the pattern of [China’s] ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, including Taiwan.”

Washington will continue to deepen ties with Taiwan and ensure its defense from Chinese threats, while supporting a peaceful resolution of issues between the sides, the statement said.

There was no immediate Chinese response Sunday.

Tom Batchelor24 January 2021 09:58


Biden clears out Trump-appointed officials

The Biden administration has fired the heads of three US-funded international broadcasters that were appointed by Donald Trump.

The acting chief of the US Agency for Global Media dismissed the directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, reports say.

Tom Batchelor24 January 2021 09:41


US to reform Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration regime

Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart that he would end the previous administration’s “draconian” immigration policies, capping off a week that saw the president advance a flurry of policies and executive orders reforming the immigration system.

The two spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the situation at the border, the coronavirus pandemic, and reducing “irregular migration”.

Tom Batchelor24 January 2021 09:23


Biden administration to unveil more climate policies

Joe Biden’s administration will next week release more policies it believes are needed to tackle climate change and is urging China to toughen one of its targets on greenhouse gas emissions, his top climate advisers said on Saturday.

Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser, did not say what policies would be released.

A memo seen by Reuters on Thursday showed Biden will unveil a second round of executive orders as soon as 27 January that include an omnibus order to combat climate change domestically and elevate the issue as a national security priority.

“We’ve already sent signals on the things that we don’t like that we’re going to roll back, but this week you’re going to see us move forward with what’s the vision of the future,” Ms McCarthy told a virtual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors.

Tom Batchelor24 January 2021 09:11


Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the first Sunday of the Biden administration.

Tom Batchelor24 January 2021 09:03

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