The Art Of The Deal: Executive Orders And What They Mean To You
President Trump has put the world on notice that there’s a new leader of the free world and that he will shake things up. Since he was sworn into office on January 20, he has issued several executive orders, which have sparked intense debate and protests, or pride and jubilation depending on which side of the political fence you fall on.
So what do these new executive orders mean to lawyers? Here is a closer look at President Trump’s top 3 executive orders and how they may affect your law practice.
1. Minimizing the Economic Burden of “Obamacare”. This executive order directed federal agencies to interpret regulations under Obamacare as loosely as possible to minimize the financial burden on individuals, insurers, and health care providers.
What this means to you: although this executive order is largely a statement by President Trump to show that he intended to fulfill a campaign promise, people and businesses are confused. Health car providers and insurers are uncertain of what to do next. Confusion and uncertainty is the perfect opportunity to establish yourself as an expert in this area, even if Congress successfully repeals the law.
2. Securing The U.S.-Mexico Border. This executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to construct a 1,900-mile long wall on the border between U.S. and Mexico.
What this means to you: this is another one of President Trump’s fulfilled campaign promises. The wall’s construction could lead to new jobs in border states, and injuries and accidents are certain to happen during the construction. Personal injury lawyers in border states like Arizona and Texas could see a spike in legal work. There will also likely be immigration issues that need to be resolved, as well as family law matters involving mexican immigrants who may have children born in and remaining in the U.S.
3. Protecting the nation with a ban on entry of refugees. This executive order directed agencies to prevent refugees and immigrants from 7 Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
What this means to you: businesses affected by the ability to bring highly-skilled non-U.S. citizens through programs like the H-1B visa program will need legal guidance on how to navigate the new executive order. Additionally, foreign nationals from one of the banned countries will need immigration lawyers to push for court-ordered injunctions or to write and argue motions to assist with re-entry into the U.S.
In summary, although largely designed to make a political statement, executive orders have the ability to shape policy and to set the tone for how a new administration will govern. The incidental effect of executive orders are new opportunities for lawyers to acquire new clients and to help more people and businesses.
The Art Of The Deal: Executive Orders And What They Mean To You
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