Below is a complete list and summary of the executive orders signed by President Trump.
Since taking office in January, President Trump has issued a dozen Executive Orders, not counting Presidential Memoranda, which also wield, dare I say it, “un-trumpable” power over the Executive Branch of the US Government. Here are the Executive Orders, in order, summarized.
January 20th, 2017
This order directs stop-gap measures designed to facilitate long-term repeal of ObamaCare. It gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of all Executive Branch department and agencies power to waive, defer, or exempt fees associated with ObamaCare. The order also reinforces state rights over healthcare while pushing a free and open interstate market for services and commerce.
January 24th, 2017
This order directs agencies to expedite all infrastructure improvement projects and approval decisions. It establishes a “high priority” category, in which projects identified by State Governors, heads Executive Branch departments or agencies, or the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality will be given top priority with short deadlines.
January 25th, 2017
This order directs the Executive Branch’s departments and agencies to enforce US immigration policies codified in current immigration law, which mandates Federal and State cooperation, detention, and swift repatriation of illegal aliens. Also, the order:
- Terminates the “catch and release” de facto policies of the Obama Administration, including abuse of “asylum provisions.”
- Directs the construction of a physical wall on the southern US border.
- Expedites visa processing for all immigrants.
- Assigns a 180-day report detailing how the US shall obtain and maintain complete operational control of the southern border.
January 25th, 2017
This order directs the termination of “sanctuary zones” across the US, which the President contends violates Federal law by shielding bona fide suspects from detention, questioning, and deportation. This order also suspends Federal funding to jurisdictions maintaining those sanctuary zones; resumes collection of fines and penalties from immigrants who enter the US illegally; implements sanctions on foreign nations that are recalcitrant, or lazy, about allowing their citizens to enter the US illegally; and establishes support services for victims of crimes perpetrated by removable aliens.
January 27th, 2017
This order implements or re-energizes restrictions on the visa-issuance processes. It directs the suspension of visas and benefits to immigrants from “Countries of Particular Concern.” The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, has 30 days to refine the list of countries, and it directs the following actions:
- for 90 days, suspend entry into the US for and revoke all valid visas of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
- in 30 days, Department of Homeland Security provide a report on the effects of the 90-day suspension, including the list of information needed from countries that currently don’t provide enough data to ensure proper scrutiny of inbound foreign nationals.
- within 60 days of the aforementioned report, Secretary of State must request this information from the applicable foreign governments; the President reserves the right to also suspend diplomatic visas to those countries, if they do not comply.
- implement a program to identify inbound foreign nationals (and refugees) who intend to cause harm.
- limit the number of refugees allowed in the US to 50,000 in 2017.
- expedite Biometric entry and exit tracking programs.
- suspend waivers to in-person visa security interviews.
- ensure foreign countries’ immigration agreements are truly reciprocal to US citizens.
- prioritize refugee claims of those who are members of persecuted minority religious groups within problem countries: this is the target of scrutiny within the Judicial Branch, wherein they have judged that this provision unfairly targets Muslims, due to the contextual rules applied by the policy.
January 28th, 2017
This order directs all Executive Branch appointees (since January 20th, 2017) to sign, pledge, and become contractually committed to new ethical language. Appointees may not:
- within 5 years of leaving office, engage in lobbying activities with the agency in which he or she has served.
- for the remainder of the Administration, engage in lobbying activities for any “covered” official or non-career Senior Executive Service appointee; covered officials of the Executive Branch include the President, the Vice President, Officers and employees of the Office of the President, Level I through V executives, military generals (O-7 and above), and Schedule C employees.
- receive gifts from registered lobbying organization for the duration of the appointment.
- within 2 years of the date of appointment, participate in any specific political party that does business with former employers, clients, or contracts.
- if a registered lobbyist within 2 years prior to the date of appointment, participate in any matter for which he or she lobbied for 2 years, following the appointment.
January 30th, 2017
This order addresses the costs associated with private businesses’ efforts to comply with government regulations and penalties. First, for each new proposed regulation, the Executive Branch department or agency must identify at least two existing regulations to repeal. Also, the total cost of new regulations vs the savings garnered from repealed regulations must equal a total of zero dollars, or less. The President’s Budget will also include a new agency incremental cost limitation affecting the creation of new regulations.
February 03, 2017
This order establishes policy language governing the US financial system. It implements the following Core Principles:
- empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth.
- prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts.
- foster economic growth and vibrant financial markets through more rigorous regulatory impact analysis that addresses systemic risk and market failures, such as moral hazard and information asymmetry.
- enable American companies to be competitive with foreign firms in domestic and foreign markets.
- advance American interests in international financial regulatory negotiations and meetings.
- restore public accountability within Federal financial regulatory agencies and rationalize the Federal financial regulatory framework.
February 09, 2017
This order directs the US Attorney General to establish a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Task Force will develop strategies to reduce crime, including illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime. Additionally, it will identify deficiencies in existing laws and assess the adequacy of crime-related databases.
February 09, 2017
This order establishes policy language governing strategy to dismantle organized crime syndicates in the US. It aims to strengthen enforcement of extant Federal law, and to provide sufficient resources to responsible agencies. Additionally, it aims to maximize information-sharing and collaboration between all Federal agencies to target criminal organizations. Also, the order directs an intelligence and law enforcement information exchange program with foreign counterparts to facilitate better cooperation. Also, the order calls for a study to identify weaknesses in current law with recommendations to improve.
February 09, 2017
This order again directs the enforcement of extant Federal Laws regarding the protection and safety of law enforcement. The Department of Justice will develop strategies to further secure safety and protection via tighter coordination, faster prosecution, and refinement of existing laws. Interestingly, the order directs a review of all grant funding programs administered by the Department of Justice to measure the extent to which those programs supports the protection and safety of Law Enforcement.
February 09, 2017
This order codifies an order of succession to the office of US Attorney General within the Department of Justice, comprised of the following officers, in order:
- US Attorney for Easter District, VA
- US Attorney for Norther District, IL
- US Attorney for Western District, MO
The order bars the Deputy US Attorney General, the Associate US Attorney General, and any officers working for the Attorney General to serve or act as the US Attorney General during succession. Also, the President reserves the right to depart from this Executive Order if he needs to.
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Article written by:
Timothy J. Cummings
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