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Biden signs orders on immigration; impeachment managers call Trump ‘singularly responsible’ for riot

President Biden on Feb. 2 signed three executive orders to reverse the Trump administration's immigration policies. (Video: The Washington Post)
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President Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders “modernizing” the immigration system, including one that aims to identify and reunite hundreds of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration. “I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

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House impeachment managers laid out their case against former president Donald Trump in a brief filed ahead of next week’s scheduled Senate trial. They argued that an “insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress” was clearly impeachable conduct.

In a separate memo to the Senate, attorneys for Trump said he “exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect.” In any case, they argued, the Senate does not have constitutional grounds to try an impeached former president.

Here’s what to know:

  • The Senate approved the nominations of Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary and Alejandro Mayorkas as homeland security secretary. A Senate committee voted to advance the nomination of Denis McDonough as secretary of veterans affairs. Another Senate committee held a hearing on Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.
  • Biden will announce executive actions ordering the review and potential reversal of the Trump administration’s deterrent policies along the Mexican border and the barriers these created in the legal immigration system, senior administration officials said.
  • Biden urged Senate Democrats to go big on coronavirus relief, making an aggressive case in favor of his $1.9 trillion rescue package. The president made the comments in a private lunchtime call with the Senate Democratic caucus, shortly before they took their first steps to advance the legislation.
  • Congress was poised to honor U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died of injuries he suffered when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. His remains were to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday night, when members of the Capitol Police could pay their respects.