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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Guidance on Presidential Records

Categories: Govt Information,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Provides background information on the Presidential Records Act, and how the Archives assists the presidential staff in managing its records.  Issued at the start of presidential administrations since 2000.  From the National Archives and Records Administration


Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): What Actions Do Not Require Congressional Approval?

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Presidency,Treaties

Examines the extent to which the executive branch unilaterally renegotiate the trade agreement without further action by Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Special site created with links to daily developments in the judicial case involving the declared travel ban on immigrants from seven nations imposed by President Trump.  From the U.S. Court for the Ninth Circuit


Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism

The controversial executive order that set off protests at major airports across the country.  In the name of protecting American citizens from terrorist attacks, bans the issuance of visas to people trying to enter the U.S. from seven countries of concern for 90 days and calls for realignment of the refugee admission program.  From the White House


Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Mexico,Presidency,Public Works

Among other things, this one declares the intention of the Executive Branch “to secure the southern border of the U.S. through the immediate construction of a physical wall” and to produce a comprehensive study of the security of the southern border to be completed within 180 days.  From the White House


Executive Authority to Exclude Aliens: In Brief

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Analyzes existing constitutional and statutory language relating to whether and to what extent a U.S. president can unilaterally exclude aliens, individually or as a class, from entering the U.S.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Presidency,Treaties

Directs the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw the U.S. from TPP negotiations and to pursue bilateral trade deals instead.  From the White House


Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze

Categories: Govt Personnel,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Institutes a freeze on hiring for all executive branch departments and agencies except for military positions and directs the head of the Office of Management and Budget to develop a long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal workforce through attrition.  From the White House


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