13 Executive Orders in the First 11 Days: Century Weighs in on the Latest

Paul John Hemann | Staff Writer


The United States of America has just elected her 45th President.

President Donald John Trump has, since the time of taking the oath of office, begun making good on the promises he had made during his campaign. The very first of was an official document signed immediately after his inauguration ceremony on January 20th.

With the guided scribbling of a pen, President Trump waved the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obama Care” with an executive order. Twelve more of these executive orders followed within the next week and a half. Each one had something to do with the fantastic promises he made on the campaign trail.

An executive order is a legally binding demand that can, for the most part, bypass Congress. The U.S. Constitution gives allowance for this in Article II where it states that the executive branch of the government has a duty to ensure the other branches are executing the law as described in the rest of the constitution.

This gives room for every President since George Washington to use over 13,000 wordy proclamations stating how the constitution supports their specific executive order. These executive orders can also overrule the executive orders of previous presidents.

One of Century’s student athletes, Carson Deal, discloses that he voted for President Trump because “he stands for change, and people want change”.

CNN.com reported that the last three executive orders sign by President Trump dealt directly with immigration and more specifically the prevention thereof. These deal with:

  • Deportation and demands of tighter laws and increased enforcement with 10,000 more enforcers.
  • The demand of immediate construction of a wall (or wall-like structure – i.e. fence) along the southern border as well as 5,000 more detention facilities.
  • The immediate ban of citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering America for the next 90 days and the suspension of the current U.S. refugee program with none being admitted for the next four months.

When asked about these policies, Carson Deal admits that he “really didn’t think the wall thing would work.” However, Deal affirms that these policies will “keep the country safer and he’s at least trying to keep terrorists out.”

In contrast to Deal’s view, another student, Moneh Smith immigrated from Liberia and has full, legal status. With compassion in her voice, Moneh laments that “immigrants are not coming to America to take advantage of the system, but they want to establish a better life for their families.” Moneh continues, “I don’t hate the guy, but he seems to be ignorant of immigration [altogether].”

Century College’s Chancellor, Steven Rosenstone, sent a mass email to the entire Century community Tuesday morning, January 31st in an attempt to ease anxiety over this issue.

In the email, Rosenstone states the Minnesota State’s Board of Trustees has long-standing and “enduring commitment to enhancing Minnesota’s quality of life by developing, and fostering, understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society, and by providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees.”

Rosenstone includes that the board policy declares “no person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

The Chancellor continues by emphasizing that “the state of Minnesota – its businesses, its industries, and its economic vitality – has long benefited from the scientific, cultural, and economic contributions of international students, scholars, and immigrants from around the globe.” He finishes by writing, “It is critical that Minnesota remain steadfast in its commitment to recruit this talent to our state.”

Another Century student, Kenny Thao, happens to be an active service member of the United States military. As his Commander in Chief, Thao admits that he “doesn’t always agree with [Trump’s] decisions.”

Thao also knows first-hand what it means to be a refugee. In Thao’s early life, he found himself fleeing Laos to take refuge in Thailand before making his way to the USA and eventually serving in the Army Reserve.

“As a refugee myself,” Thao recollects of his war-torn nation, “I can relate to the refugees and what they are trying to get away from.”

On that same day, Century’s Interim President Patrick Opatz also sent an announcement, two hours after Rosenstone’s, addressing the concern voiced by the student senate regarding the recent changes in the Federal Immigration Policy.

In his email, the Interim President insists that Century College’s stance has not changed in its commitment to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of the students, including those who may be impacted by these recent changes.

Century College’s administration seems to have taken somewhat of a stance regarding the latest of the President’s ambitious policy changes in his first two weeks of Presidency.

Both the Chancellor and the Interim President of the college have not indicated whether there is a plan to make further statements or enact any college policy changes in response to Trump’s legislation. Neither has it been verbalized that Century will draw any type of line in the proverbial sand if federal law ever crosses campus policy.

For more information on the executive orders visit www.whitehouse.gov.

To contact Patrick Opatz and Steven Rosenstone, or to read the policies of Century, you can visit: www.century.edu.