President Donald Trump has quickly laid out his policy agenda causing supporters to cheer on his moves, and opponents crying foul.
Thus far, the bulk of Trump’s decisions were made via executive order.
From issues of healthcare to the economy to counterterrorism and immigration, the President has had a relatively busy start to his presidency.
On January 20, shortly after his inauguration, he signed an order to begin to deconstruct the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Experts remain unclear of exactly the impact of the order, however, Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today reported that “Trump directed federal workers to make the law less of a burden to businesses and consumers.” Further congressional action will likely need to be taken for Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing the law.
On January 25, the President directed the Customs and Border Patrol to begin construction of “the wall” along the Southern Border. “The wall” was a hallmark of the Trump campaign from the launch of candidacy in June of 2015, but specific details for the construction of the wall remain unknown. Congressional leaders estimate that the costs for construction will be from $12-15 Billion.
On January 27, Trump signed what may be his most controversial measure in the infant stages of his presidency. In the order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terror Entry into the United States”, Trump temporarily halted all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Sudan. The ban will last for 90 days. He also suspended the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.
The order has been met with nationwide protests at airports due to the initial confusion that it appeared to cause. Reports suggest that over 100 travelers have been detained for extra scrutiny, including many permanent green card holders. After the initial confusion, the Trump administration has said that permanent green card holders could be granted waivers (over 300 have so far), though additional scrutiny may be required.
The initial action has overjoyed many Trump supporters who feel that Trump is keeping his word. However, opponents say that Trump is acting too quickly. Only time will tell whether or not the vast string of actions taken by Trump will prove to be successful or detrimental.