OPINION: Biden’s Broken Promises Leave a Trail of Broken Hearts

One month into the Biden administration has shown his monumental promises become nothing more than monumental disappointments


In the realm of politics, broken promises and empty gestures are fairly common, and Joe Biden is no different. For Bush it was no new taxes, for Nixon it was ending the Vietnam War, and for Carter it was the energy crisis. The list of politician’s unfulfilled goals goes on and on. Biden has barely begun his term, but his big promises have made for some major early onset disappointment.
If there is one thing that most everyone could respectfully acknowledge about Biden in his Presidency so far, it’s his effort to increase diplomacy, provide COVID-19 economic relief and a return to an American society that values immigrants. However, we haven’t gotten very far past the effort.
Starting with the most disappointing aspect for many: the failure to stop the deportation of immigrant communities. Hearing constant smack talk from Biden about immigration facilities and procedures under the Trump administration, there was a hopeful thought that an improved immigration plan would be one of Biden’s first priorities. However, Biden’s desire to change immigration stopped there after the Texas hold. This hold was made by a Texas judge who refused to allow an order for a 100-day deportation moratorium, as this abrupt executive order gave no heads up to the state which was a requirement under the previous policies.
Biden still has the power to stop all deportations if he wanted to. ICE is a government agency that is under the jurisdiction of the president, and the agency still has power to allow or deny immigrant cases despite Texas suing the Biden administration. Though the hold is only temporary, over 20,000 immigrants have been deported since his entering of office and will continue to be deported at the same rate as the Trump administration if Biden does not address the situation. Until he does, I will question his supposed priority of immigrant and ethnic minorities.
Biden also lied about the $2,000 stimulus checks. The stimulus package that was a huge talking point for him in the height of the campaigns was harshly brought to light as the farce it was after the inauguration, when statements came out saying that the $2,000 was simply a sum of all the governmental help – adding the $600 in December with another $1,400 to come. Not only did the Biden campaign lie about how much they were going to give, they also lied about just how urgently these checks were going to be sent out. After a month of people still struggling to get on their feet, the package was barely moved to the Senate last week.
Lastly, another major campaign promise failure is the irony of increased diplomatic relations. One year into Trump’s term as president there were World War III scares stemming from Twitter nonsense and an arms race that almost occurred between Trump and Kim Jong-un. With only one month in the books, Biden has managed to airstrike Syria. Though the ethics around this decision are heavily debated, disrupting what was being called peace in the Middle East, does not sound like a very diplomatic decision.
Even though Biden’s record number of executive orders are well intended, it seems that his efforts have been stretched a little too thin, without much being done in any direction. Before he starts to attack one situation at a time, he may want to reconsider what is first most necessary. Until he does, I will continue to wonder what he truly cares about.