On February 2, 2017, Mr. Castellanos was invited to appear on Telemundo Houston in his capacity as a Constitutional Scholar to comment on the Constitutionality of President Trump’s executive orders and the implications of governing through executive orders from a Constitutional perspective.
Mr. Castellanos noted that the executive orders had been used by the presidents since the early days of the Republic. President Andrew Jackson relied on them many times. Nonetheless, Castellanos emphasized that each executive order has to be analyzed on a case by case basis. Mr. Castellanos stressed that each branch of the Federal Government has a duty to make sure that the President does not overreach in the discharge of his authority through an executive order. He noted that at times of war, insurrection or while exercising his Constitutional authority of the presidential pardon, the President’s power to issue executive orders is very broad. In closing, Mr. Castellanos referred to President Barrack Obama’s use of executive orders as unprecedented in American history.