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Biden’s first week

I do not think you will see this information in local print, so I will indulge. Joe Biden, during his campaign, on a number of occasions, said that he was going to promote and save good paying union jobs and be one of the most pro union presidents in history. His first day in office saw him halting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This pipeline was to carry oil from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline is nearly complete in Canada, with work to begin in the U.S. this spring. TC Energy says it will immediately lay off 1,000 employees between the U.S. and Canada. Andy Black, president of the Association of Oil Pipelines, stated that this will eliminate up to a planned 10,000 union jobs in the U.S. Approximately $2.2 billion of lost wages will result.

Also signed by executive order was the immediate halt of deporting most all illegal entrants into the U.S. for 100 days. Excluded are those that have engaged in terrorism or espionage or who pose a danger to national security. This means many illegal immigrants with criminal convictions and charges will not be deported in that time frame.

The state of Texas has already filed a lawsuit, stating this violates an agreement that was previously agreed upon between Texas and the Department of Homeland Security. It also questions whether it violates existing U.S. statutes, yet to be determined.

Biden also ordered a cease in construction on the southern border wall. This order leaves billions of dollars of work unfinished — but still under contract. This will result in another large number of construction workers out of work.

Also in his first day of orders, he moved to allow transgender males to participate in women’s sports. Partly, it states, “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room or school sports.” It is quite obvious where this can go, and should any schools try to evade the order, school funding could be withheld. I believe it could eventually drastically change women’s sports, and at worst make it nearly impossible for biological girls/women to compete.

As I write this, there had been up to 9,000 Hondurans attempting to cross into Guatemala, heading toward the U.S., thinking they would be welcome by a Biden administration. They have been mostly stopped with reported small pockets making it through. The situation changes daily and it could result in a complete breakdown of the caravan, but it may be a sign of more waves that were experienced in 2019.

President Biden has also revoked an earlier order that aimed to exclude undocumented immigrants from census figures. This will allow non citizens to be counted toward congressional representation. Stay tuned.

Larry Reed

Parkersburg

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