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Trump is Dissolving Congress in Plain Sight, And Immigration's A Top Example

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Mount Holyoke College

Originally published as: David Hernández "Trump is dissolving Congress in plain sight, and immigration's a top example" The Fulcrum, April 10, 2019.

The Trump administration's power grab during the new coronavirus pandemic is well underway.

But even before the Covid-19 outbreak, President Trump was out-maneuvering the principal obligations of Congress — funding and providing oversight of the executive branch, and setting policy through legislation — by deploying executive orders, rule changes, fee schedules and international agreements to minimize the power of the legislative branch during his presidency.