In the past two months, President Donald Trump has signed a dozen executive orders into effect to fulfill campaign promises. Most, if not all, have caused controversy, and they have undon a lot of the work of the Obama administration. Along with inciting protests and a nationally divided dialogue, they have also inspired an amazing Twitter account. 

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— Trump Draws (@TrumpDraws) February 10, 2017

However, it's not all fun memes and games. Here's a brief, boiled down look at the orders President Trump has signed into effect during his short time in office thus far. 


Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (January 20, 2017)

  • Instructs the secretary of health and human services and any other relevant department heads to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of any part of the ACA that costs the government, businesses or individuals money
  • Gives the respective states more control in implementing their own healthcare laws


Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects (January 24, 2017) 

  • Believed to be a direct hit against Dakota Pipeline protests
  • Speeds along the review of the environment impact of a project
  • Directs the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), to decide whether the project is a "high priority" within 30 days of its submission 

Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (January 25, 2017) 

  • Creates a publicly available weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants
  • Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to hire ten thousand more immigration officers
  • Calls on local and state police to apprehend those not legally in the United States
  • Removes any immigrant that has been accused of a criminal offense 
  • Strips federal grants of "sanctuary cities" 


Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (January 25, 2017) 

  • Directs federal funding to a border wall built along the U.S.-Mexico border 
  • Hires 5,000 more Border Patrol agents
  • Builds holding facilities for undocumented immigrants near the US-Mexican border
  • Ends the abuse of parole and asylum provisions" that with the removal of undocumented immigrants


Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (January 27, 2017) 

  • Suspends entry of immigrants from seven Muslim heavy countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen) for 90 days and prevents all refugees from entering the country for 120 days
  • Bans Syrian refugees 
  • Suspends Obama's 2012 Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allowed consistent U.S. tourists to bypass the visa interview process


Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees (January 28th, 2017) 

  • Stops all executive branch officials from lobbying for five years after they leave office
  • Adds lifetime ban on lobbying for a foreign government 
  • Bans all appointees from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists or lobbying organizations
  • Bans appointees who were lobbyists from participating in any issues they advocated for within the previous two years


Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (January 30, 2017)

  • Executive departments and agencies must cut two regulations for every new proposed regulation 
  • Regulation spending cannot exceed $0
  • Any costs associated with regulations must be offset with eliminations
  • The head of each agency has to keep records of the cost savings to be sent to the president


Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System (February 3, 2017)

  • Makes regulation "efficient, effective and appropriately tailored"
  • Prevents government bailouts
  • Forces treasury secretary to review financial regulations and report back to the president 120 days later and periodically thereafter with their take on whether current policies promote the "Core Principles"


Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety (February 9, 2017)

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions will create a task force that would propose new legislation to reduce crime. Pinpointing drug trafficking, illegal immigration and violent crime
  • Task force will submit yearly reports to the president

Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers (February 9, 2017)

  • Calls on the Justice Department to "enhance the protection and safety" of officers by increasing penalties for crimes committed against officers
  • Instructs Sessions to review and determine whether existing federal laws adequately protect law enforcement and to propose legislation and grant funding to better protect officers


Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking (February 9, 2017)

  • Highlights the administration's attention on preventing trafficking, cybercrime, and intellectual or physical theft 
  • Threat Mitigation National Intelligence will review and recommend changes in a report to be delivered to the president within 120 days


Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice (February 9, 2017)

  • Reverses an executive order signed by Obama right before he left office and the first order Trump hasn't signed without a public showing 
  • Happened right after Sally Yates was dismissed 
  • The sequence consists of — the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri