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Unlike his first executive order, this time there may even be enough Republican votes in the Senate to override a Trump veto. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Senate Republicans won’t save Mexico from tariffs," 9 June 2019 Booker pledges that his first executive order will include policies that will aggressively safeguard reproductive health. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Cory Booker Would Create an Office of Reproductive Freedom on His First Day as President," 22 May 2019 Content from Prime Video The injunction followed months of legal arguments and an about-face from President Trump, who, facing mounting criticism, signed an executive order halting the separations last week. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Inside a U.S. immigration jail, mothers count the days since they’ve seen their children," 29 June 2018 But on Wednesday, the day after Micaela was apprehended, President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively halting the family separations that his own administration had instituted. NBC News, "In the chaos of Trump's policy reversal, families aren't split but monitored," 24 June 2018 The first lady's visit came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families that entered the U.S. illegally. Bloomberg.com, "First Lady Wears 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket to Child Detention Center Visit," 22 June 2018 On Wednesday, Trump abruptly reversed himself and signed an executive order halting the practice. Marcos Aleman And Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump," 22 June 2018 This year’s Kansas student governor ignored Boys State staff who advised him not to suggest the executive order to repeal the 19th Amendment, said spokesman Brad Biles. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019 The data described in the executive order is different from hospital list prices made public earlier this year. Reed Abelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump order aims to disclose ‘real’ costs for health care," 24 June 2019

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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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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