Judge bans enforcement of Biden's 100-day deportation pause

Carla Harmon
February 26, 2021

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada February 19, 2021.

After his meetings with Trudeau on Tuesday, Biden said the two countries committed to "up the ante" on climate change and "spur other countries to raise their own ambitions".

After talking for about two hours, the two leaders emerged and said they planned to work closely together to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and combat climate change, with a goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The event will be virtual.

Trudeau was the first world leader to congratulate Biden when the Democrat was declared the victor of the November election, illustrating the degree to which the close USA ally looks to move on from Trump's four years in office.

The move is a first diplomatic step for the Biden administration as Kerry urges greater action to tackle the "climate crisis" and begins reengaging countries, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations on the issue.

"I'm thrilled for my clients who are now in a position that they can now enter the USA", he said. Canada is now receiving doses from plants in Europe.

Trudeau brought up the issue when the two leaders spoke by phone last month, Biden's first call to a foreign leader as president.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in China in 2018 in what was seen as likely retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that year on a U.S. warrant.

However, the meeting will occur virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the neighboring states to build on their common values from afar instead of in person, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on the eve of Biden's first bilateral event as president.

"It is a fitting testament thatthis is his first bilateral meeting", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. Wednesday's order is created to help the USA address future crises before they occur, the official said.

The prime minister's office said in a statement that Biden and Trudeau discussed how the pandemic "will not end until everyone, everywhere has access to a vaccine" and "the importance of avoiding measures that may constrain the critical trade and supply-chain security between our countries".

"We're focused on ourselves, the United States is focused on itself".

Biden also used the call last month to explain his decision to halt building of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mr. Biden also rescinded a Trump order allowing the Defense Department to exclude itself from collective bargaining requirements.

Resolving the three-way diplomatic standoff that ensued will be a top priority for Trudeau, said Eric Miller, a Canada-U.

A series of presidential orders and memorandum signed by Donald Trump have been revoked since he left office.

Tai said she knows the "opportunities and limitations in our existing toolbox" without mentioning specifics of how she would address tariffs and export bans in the text of remarks seen by Bloomberg ahead of her confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee.

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