What Are Executive Orders?
While executive orders can be an essential tool for Presidents, some fear that their increased use threatens the long-standing checks and balances set up in the Constitution. In that system, Congress makes the laws, the Courts interpret the law, and the President and the executive branch enforces the law.
So the next time you hear a president is issuing an executive order it really means one person is making a decision for 322 million Americans, without input from Congress, state legislatures or Courts, and it can be just as easily changed by the next president with the stroke of a pen and no input from anyone else.
Map showing Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, the seven countries affected by section 3 of the executive order.
|Executive Order 13769
Protecting the Nation from Foreign
Terrorist Entry into the United States
U.S. President Donald Trump signing the order at the Pentagon, with Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis (right) at his side.
|Date signed||January 27, 2017|
|Signed by||U.S. President Donald Trump|
|Date effective||January 27, 2017|
|Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965|