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What Is a Presidential Executive Order?

The lawsuit being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday -- U.S. v. Texas -- asks the court to consider whether the president’s 2014 executive actions deferring deportations for some undocumented immigrants are within the government’s authority to direct immigration policy, or whether the president exceeded his constitutional authority by making new immigration laws. An executive order -- also called the executive power in Article II of the U.S. Constitution -- is a rule or order issued...

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