This command does not actually set shovels to work yet but it is
the first step in a long process that will require Congress to find
money for the project. There has been widespread and loud discontent
with this move from immigrants, entertainers and opposition politicians.
Amplifying his message regarding immigration, President Trump followed
that earlier order to build a wall by excluding a long list of people
from travelling to the US. Specifically, he ordered international
airports to deny entry to people from seven Middle Eastern countries.
This has caused strife for couples and families suddenly separated by an
alteration in visa regulations.
Among many less-noted executive orders was an edict detailing how the
border patrol should begin prioritizing deportations of specific
individuals already being held. As with the above-mentioned orders, this
action has created a great deal of legal interest on both sides of the
Furthermore, this action impacts many immigrant families that have
members present in the US and others caught up in the legal system.
Trump loudly announced his intent to remove immigrant with criminal
backgrounds as the first step in a broad move to deport much of the
undocumented population in the US.
Among his very first actions was Trump's executive order to begin
replacing the Affordable Care Act. This order did not actually end
Obamacare but it signaled to supporters and opponents alike that the
death knell for this government program had been sounded. Republican
congressmen are now actively seeking to create alternatives that can
So far, public reaction has been mixed. Many of those who depend on
Obamacare have publicly maligned the move as one that will devastate
their finances. Others have applauded the move and complained that
increased premiums have already distressed their own finances.
Almost immediately, and to less public fanfare, President Trump ended
potential American involvement in the Trans Pacific Partnership. This
economic pact between countries trading in the Pacific region would have
diminished trade barriers. However, many union leaders looked on the
agreement with disfavor because it would have likely led to more jobs
exiting the US.
Unlike the move against Obamacare, there is no secondary intent to
replace this pact with anything. Trumps' s rhetoric, right from the
beginning, has declared the need to eliminate or renegotiate all
existing free trade agreements with extreme prejudice. So far, no order
has directly impacted the North American Free Trade Agreement which
binds Canada, the US and Mexico.
Trump quickly reinstituted the Mexico-City Policy, a former ban on using
federal funds to support any international group that performs abortions
overseas. This does not have an impact on abortion law here in the US
but it did send a strong message to domestic pro-choice groups.
The reaction was quick and pointed. Both male and female celebrities
have criticized the move. Planned Parenthood, a women's health
organization that provides, among other things, abortions to women of
lower economic means, definitely noted the intent of this move. The
March for Life came just one week after the Women's March on Washington
and Vice President Mike Pence attended, signaling a stand-off between
the administration and a large sector of the American public that agrees
with abortion rights.
Donald Trump the presidential nominee spent much of his time on the
campaign trail promising to drain the swamp. This referred to the
concentration of ex-federal bureaucrats in Washington DC who work now
work for corporations and foreign countries in efforts to increase their
employers' influence with the national government. One of the planks in
Trump's party platform was the need to remove this body of lobbyists.
The new restrictions placed by the President's executive order prevent
federal employees from working as lobbyists as all for five years after
they leave employment and outright forbids them from ever working for a
foreign government in such a capacity.
Bringing jobs back to America was another cornerstone of Trump's
campaign rhetoric. The wall on the Mexican border was one way to
suddenly boost job opportunities for American citizens. Another quick
fix was offered by the regulatory hold-up on the project to build an oil
pipeline from Canadian oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the
Trump's executive order to remove regulatory barriers was met with the
expected mix of acclaim and dismay. While it would certainly create
badly needed jobs for Americans in the construction business, the
pipeline also impacts lands sacred to Native Americans and threatens
potential environmental damage.
The socioeconomic impacts of these initial Trump executive orders are
still being felt. Whether these orders can ever be brought to fruition
will determine just how hard they impact life in the US.