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Biden Administration

Biden Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

President Biden signed an executive order on May 12, 2021, intended to address the country’s cybersecurity issues following the SolarWinds hack. The executive order, divided into 10 sections, includes components that set cybersecurity standards for federal contractors, remove barriers to the sharing of information, modernize federal government cybersecurity and attempt to improve “the integrity of the software supply chain,” among other priorities.

Climate Change and Security

Biden Orders Immediate Confrontation of Climate Crisis

On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order entitled, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” It establishes the Biden administration’s commitment to immediately work to confront both the causes and impacts of climate change by implementing policy guided by science.


Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Immigration

President Trump signed an executive order on April 22 temporarily suspending immigration into the United States in response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The proclamation halts the issuance of green cards for 60 days and applies to individuals who, as of its signing, are outside of the United States, do not have an immigrant visa and do not have official travel documents other than visas. The order contains a range of exceptions, including exemptions for health care professionals, immigrants already in the U.S. and those seeking temporary visas.

Cybersecurity and Deterrence

How Trump’s Executive Order Could Have Stopped the WannaCry Attack

Last month, a ransomware attack—one of the most far-reaching cyberattacks in history—affected thousands of hospitals, corporations, and other institutions in more than 150 countries. As expected, an attack of this magnitude galvanized calls for action to prevent this kind of event in the future.


The Ninth Circuit’s Refugee EO Decision: Methodically Misreading the Immigration Statute

On Monday, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that relied on statutory grounds in declining to vacate most of the preliminary injunction against President Trump’s revised refugee executive order (EO). While a reliance on statutory instead of constitutional grounds is often a calling card of judicial restraint, the methodical tone of the per curiam opinion by the Ninth Circuit panel (consisting of Judges Hawkins, Gould, and Paez) is deceptive.

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