A series of anti-trump protests and riots broke out in downtown Washington, after Donald Trump was sworn into office on January 20th, 2017. However this didn’t stop the new president from signing his first few executive orders the following Monday.
Trump passed an executive order, in which he ordered a Mexican border wall to be built and paid for by Mexico. Mexico stated in a press release that they will not be paying for the wall regardless of what President Trump says. President Trump also issued another executive order regarding Obamacare and how the White House will begin to to start rolling back on the Affordable Care Act that was initiated by Obama.
President Donald Trump stated in his Inauguration speech how, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions”.
Notre Dame De Namur students have become more aware of the executive orders that President Donald Trump has passed, as of late.
Sophomore student Yojani Ulloa said “ After I found out about the passing of the executive order, in which President Trump, ordered a Mexican border wall to be built and paid for by Mexico, I was not surprised. I knew what policies Trump would bring into office and it is unfortunate how this executive order will affect thousands of Mexicans, especially Mexican students who come here for educational opportunities”.
Senior student Michael Marques said “ Obamacare is costly. I believe the executive order that President Donald Trump passed was necessary. It needs to be “rolled back” due to its expense and some people are oblivious to the financial increase of Obamacare, especially in 2017”
Faculty has also become aware of the changes President Donald Trump is making in office and aware of his characteristics, which will be shown throughout his presidency.
Communications Professor Natashia Lopez-Gomez stated how “Many of the classes that I teach already address issues of racism, sexism, and other ism’s. Having Trump as our new president will only make these topics even more relevant. Why are we so feared? We have come a long way, but we still hold people of color and women to a higher standard before we trust them or share power with them”.
Trump’s presidency so far has impacted thousands of college students, who are becoming cautious of the changes he has already been making, since taking office. Within our own campus, students and faculty have become more aware of these changes and have become worried about what to expect from President Trump, in the years to come.