Since taking office, President Donald Trump has seemed to accomplish some of his campaign promises by utilizing executive orders. Here are the 26 executive orders, actions, & memoranda he has signed so far:
- A revised order suspending the refugee program & entry to the United States for travelers from various mostly Muslim countries, in reply to objections from courts. As earlier, the order will suspend refugee entries for one twenty days but doesn’t suspend Syrian refugees indefinitely & any longer includes Iraq in the named nations. In signing this order, the initial one was removed.
- An executive order moving the HBCU (Historically Black College & Universities) offices back from the Department of Education to White House.
- An order compelling every agency to build a Regulatory Reform Task Force to decide regulations & support rules for repeal or modification.
- 3 orders setting three Department of Justice task forces to fight drug cartels, decrease violent crime & lessen attacks against the police.
- An order addressing the Treasury Secretary to evaluate the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law.
- A record instructing the Labor Department to postpone implementing an Obama rule needing financial professionals who are giving guidance on retirement, & who charge commissions, to put their client’s attention first.
- An order directing agencies that whenever they introduce a law, they must first abolish 2 others.
- A note to restructure the National Security Council & the Homeland Security Council.
- A memorandum advising the Secretary of Defense to draw up a program within thirty days to defeat ISIS.
- An order to extend the ban on administration officials serving as lobbyists. There is now a five-year-ban on officials converting lobbyists following they leave government & a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on the part of a foreign government.
- An executive order commanding a 120-day postponement of the refugee program & a 90-day ban on travel to the United States from citizens of 7 terror hot spots: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.
- 2 multi-pronged orders on border security & immigration enforcement including the authorization of a United States-Mexico border wall; stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 further Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants, & restoring local & state immigration enforcement partnerships.
- A memorandum asking for a 30-day study of military readiness.
- 2 orders refreshing the Keystone XL pipeline & Dakota Access piplines. He also signed 3 other similar orders that would: promote the environmental allowing process for infrastructure projects associated with the pipelines; order the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting method; & give the Commerce Department one eighty days to maximize the use of United States steel in the pipeline.
- An order to restore the so-called “Mexico City Policy” – a prohibition on federal funds to international groups that do abortions or lobby to legalize or increase abortion. The policy was initiated in 1984 by President Reagan but has gone into & out of effect depending on the person in power in the White House.
- Notice that the United States will start withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Donald Trump declared the order “a great thing for the American worker.
- An order commanding a hiring freeze for any federal government workers as a way to shorten the size of government. This excludes the military, as Donald Trump remarked at the signing.
- An order that instructs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare.
It directs agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that forces a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”