Keeping good on many of his campaign promises, President Trump has wasted little time in making serious changes in D.C. and throughout the country. Here’s a brief look at the executive actions passed since January 20th:
-An executive order passed February 3rd loosened regulations on banks, rolling back many aspects of the 2010 Dodd-Frank deal
-January 27th his most controversial executive order temporarily suspended immigration from seven primarily Islamic countries with high terrorist activity (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria) and also suspended refugee admissions for 120 days.
-Executive order signed January 25th outlined the plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, allowed for the immediate detainment and deportation of illegal immigrants, and allowed for 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents to be hired.
-Also signed on January 25th, a separate but related executive order declared that the administration will withhold federal dollars from sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration agencies.
-Executive orders were also passed that limit the lobbying activities of former government employees, cap new executive legislation, and create a “fast-track” environmental review process for infrastructure projects.
While executive orders have more legal backing, Trump has also issued executive memoranda, focusing on rebuilding the military, defeating ISIS, reducing manufacturing regulations, approving two major oil pipeline projects (Keystone and Dakota), instituting a federal government hiring freeze (excluding military), and signaling intent to remove the U.S. from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) trade deal. These memorandum are exclamatory in nature and do not create any new law in themselves.
Here you’ll find a full list of all of President Trump’s executive actions.