A ‌New‌ ‌Beginning‌ ‌is‌‌ ‌Here with President Biden’s Inauguration

On the morning of January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. delivered his inaugural address to all Americans shortly after he took the oath to office.

Wendy Rodriguez

On the morning of January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. delivered his inaugural address to all Americans shortly after he took the oath to office.

Wendy Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief

Hope. Hope is what I feel. 

From the moment Joe Biden and Kamala Devi Harris were elected President and Vice President, to the inauguration of both of them, I have felt nothing, but excitement and hope. 

Over the past four years, my family has faced uncertainty with Donald Trump’s push to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). With the inauguration of President Biden, we feel a sense of relief to know that the future is bright for immigrants and their families.

Although this year’s inauguration looked different for a variety of different reasons: Trump refusing to be there falsely claiming the election was a fraud, no traditional parade with crowds of people cheering the new President and Vice President, and no inaugural balls, the history of this day was still worth celebrating. 

After four years of exhaustion and chaos, it’s become abundantly clear that our nation is ready for a new president. 

And put the COVID-19 virus under control, so that we can return to normalcy sooner than later. 

The Biden administration team is looking to mandate masks, administer 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his administration, sign a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and work to reopen schools, safely. 

In addition, during the first hours of Biden’s presidency, he signed 12 executive orders which include: to provide support for under served communities, rejoin the Paris climate accord, and most importantly, requiring a mask mandate on federal property.

From left to right, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States of America. Photo Courtesy of NBC News.

Vice President Harris, swore in three new Democratic members of the Senate: Jon Ossof became the first Jewish member of the Senate from Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock became the first Black Senator from Georgia, and Alex Padilla became the first Latino Senator from California.

Biden’s immigration plan includes: a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people, the reinstatement of DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and immigrant farm workers can immediately start applying for green cards.  

The last four years have felt surreal for millions of Americans but they remained hopeful despite Trump being in office. 

Senior Alondra Bravo at Godinez Fundamental High School, is a DACA holder and she is excited for what her future holds. 

The inauguration means a lot. It symbolizes a new beginning and change for the better. It truly brings a lot of hope, more than anyone would think,” said Bravo. 

Bravo stresses that at times it feels like she is losing, but with DACA being reinstated, it shows the progress made. 

“I hope that from here it just continues to grow, to what one day can lead to a path of citizenship,” Bravo added.

Currently, Bravo’s DACA application is being reviewed and she hopes to receive good news soon. 

“I hope that in the future I can become a citizen in this country. It would really open up the doors for me and I know that it would not only change my life but it would change so many other lives as well,” said Bravo. 

This year’s election has given many individuals lots of hope for the future.

Advanced Placement United States History and World Geography teacher, Adrian Montero, believes that inauguration represents continuity for our nation. 

We need to keep holding our elected officials accountable. We have to keep fighting for change and to be better everyday.”

— Mercedes Barriga

“I’m hopeful for the future because President Biden seems to be following through on his promise of being a president for all Americans by emphasizing that we are all in this together,” said Montero. 

Montero is looking forward to not having to think about politics every single day and being constantly worried that something disastrous might occur. 

“A return to more normal political behavior is a real possibility. I hope that we have all learned something about the fragile nature of democracy over the last couple of months,” Montero added.

It is crazy to think how the past four years are finally over.

Journalist and senior Mercedes Barriga said, “I just remember being in 8th grade thinking, wow, the next president I see, I’ll be a senior.” 

Barriga is proud that we have our first female Vice President Harris. History is definitely being made with this inauguration. Barriga hopes that this inspires more women to have higher positions in office. 

“I am looking forward to seeing if Biden and Harris keep true to their promises because many presidents promise to do great things and don’t, so I hope they can actually create change,” said Barriga. 

She would like to see some immigration laws that will give undocumented people a path to citizenship. 

We’ve definitely gone through a lot during these four years and I’ve felt like I’ve grown so much through everything I saw,” said Barriga.

She continued, “As many people have reiterated, we need to keep holding our elected officials accountable. We have to keep fighting for change and to be better everyday.”

As I gather with my family to watch the nightly news, I am fortunate enough to finally see a genuine president who cares about the lives of every American. 

It brings me hope knowing that I won’t have to hear or see harsh news about Trump anymore.