President Donald Trump announced and signed three new executive orders during the swearing-in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Feb. 9. Trump asserted they would crack down on criminal cartels, violent crime and work to reduce crime against law enforcement, but details on the orders have yet to be released.
“We face the menace of rising crime and the threat of deadly terror,” the president said, reports Politico. “I’m signing three executive actions today designed to restore safety in America.”
Shortly after Sessions was sworn in, Trump signed the three orders. He told onlookers that the first would direct both the Department of Justice and the Departments of Homeland Security to “undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and other people, many other people.”
The president then signed the second order, which he said would direct the DOJ to form a task force to root out violent crime, Talking Points Memo reports.
Trump then signed a third order directing the DOJ to “implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers.”
As attorney general, Sessions will oversee all three of these directives. Details of the executive actions were not yet available to the press when the orders were signed.
Trump has been making prodigious use of his executive pen since assuming office, firing off 22 executive orders since Jan. 20. Among the president’s executive actions was a hiring freeze on federal workers excluding the military, withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership and broadening the criteria for immigrants in the country illegally to merit deportation, according to Fox News.
The most high-profile of Trump’s executive actions, which temporarily barred admittance of refugees to the U.S. and placed a travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, has been placed on a national restraining order by a federal judge.
DOJ lawyers have made a case for lifting the temporary restraining order before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the three-judge panel declines to lift the restraining order, then the case would likely head to the Supreme Court, ABC News reports.
Sources: ABC News, Fox News, Politico, Talking Points Memo / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr