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This was around the time that the administration was working on an executive order on drug pricing. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop the widespread separations of families; instead, families will be jailed together. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Hundreds join #FamiliesBelongTogether protest at Washington Park," 30 June 2018 President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 that intends to keep families together, but thousands of children remain separated. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Here's what we know about separated immigrant children in South Florida," 29 June 2018 To confuse matters, Trump’s executive order on family separation indicates families caught at the border facing criminal entry charges will be detained together in the future. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The family separation injunction: What you need to know," 27 June 2018 These children have been stripped of their identity, and despite Trump signing an executive order on June 20 that’s meant to end the separation of families at the border, thousands of children have little hope of being reunited with their parents. Alexis Dent, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Are Gilead," 26 June 2018 In some editions Thursday, Dyess Air Force Base was misspelled as Dyees in a Page One article about President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 21 June 2018 Schumer commented on Trump’s executive order on his Twitter, demanding to know what the president plans to do to help families before the order goes into legal effect. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Trump’s Executive Order Doesn’t Guarantee Separated Families Will Be Reunited," 21 June 2018 The news is now being spun that Melania pressured her husband into signing the executive order on Wednesday that would stop the separation of families at the border. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Dear Melania Trump: Please Stop Trying to Be the Moral Compass for the White House—You’re Trash, Too," 21 June 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive order was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of executive order

: an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law

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Legal Definition of executive order 

: an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act) the National Security Agency was created by an executive order — compare proclamation, statute

Note: An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.

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