By Ayush Patel | Student Life Editor
Within a week of the new Trump Administration, POTUS has already passed a number of Executive Orders. Unless these orders are blocked by a Federal Judge, they are enacted soon after. Here are some of the orders already passed:
Affordable Care Act Repeal (Obamacare)
Tom Price, the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, will take charge of dismantling the Act. As a result, 29.8 million people will lose insurance coverage. The GOP currently has no official replacement for the ACA. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) estimates that 36,000 people will die annually with the repeal of the ACA.
Revival of Keystone XL & Dakota Access Pipeline
President Trump revived the controversial pipeline constructions, which were halted by former President Obama due to effects on the environment and concerns regarding the close proximity to sacred Native American land. President Trump signed a directive that would end long-term environmental reviews, and claimed the Keystone XL Pipeline construction project would provide about 28,000 job opportunities.
Reversal of Abortion Policy
The Trump administration is going back to former President Reagan’s policy on abortion, where foreign non-profit organizations must stop supporting abortions or else lose funding from the U.S, which is currently the largest funder to family health services. Democratic representatives are strongly opposing this executive order. Marie Stopes International has already announced that it will not follow the policy as it violates their main principle: individual choice.
U.S.-Mexican Border Construction
President Trump will defund cities that fail to report undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. He plans on seeking and deporting the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States and enforcing stricter restrictions for legal immigration. The directives include orders for more detention cells and an increase of border patrol agents. The total cost of the wall is estimated at 20 billion dollars, which will come from tax dollars. However, POTUS said that he promises a reimbursement from Mexico.
President Trump’s executive order on immigration will prevent Syrian refugees from immigrating to the United States, halt the refugee admissions for 120 days, and block seven, largely Muslim-populated states– Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban does not apply to the countries where the 9/11 terrorists originated from– Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. The executive order will not affect current citizens of the United States who are from these seven countries. In addition, the United States Customs and Border Patrol told airlines to prevent passengers from the seven countries from entering flights and to remove those who have done so.