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Recent Examples on the Web Given the enormous political power of the program’s constituency, this is the likeliest part of Trump’s executive order to be reversed—indeed, the early word before the order was finalized was that au pairs were to be excluded. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "How to Fix America’s Broken Guest-Worker System," 24 June 2020 What science and data was used to inform the executive order? Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Whitmer feels heat from Detroit paper over coronavirus: She 'must answer for nursing home policy'," 24 June 2020 The executive order could also deal a blow to firms based in India. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Who will be hardest hit by Trump’s suspension of foreign worker visas?," 23 June 2020 The executive order claims that restricting immigration will help the US economy recover from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Markets are very sensitive to what happens in Washington. Here's proof," 23 June 2020 Although Whitmer lifted the executive order, Maloney wrote the medical lawsuit wasn't moot because facilities must still follow 15 safety precautions enacted by executive orders. Others have challenged Whitmer's authority as well. Washington Examiner, "Federal judge asks Michigan Supreme Court to decide emergency power questions," 22 June 2020 Tech leaders and their allies condemned the executive order. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa," 22 June 2020 At the time of the executive order, 16 of the 34 meatpacking plants that had closed due to coronavirus were still shut down. Rachel Axon And Sky Chadde, USA TODAY, "‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe," 19 June 2020 Department of Attorney General spokesman Ryan Jarvi said in a statement under the current executive order, opening an indoor theater is a misdemeanor offense. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Emagine postpones Juneteenth festival after legal threat, chairman slams Whitmer," 18 June 2020

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Executive order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20order. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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