“Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” Executive Order Summary

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President Donald Trump has issued several Executive Orders and Memos this week regarding immigration – below is our summary of the order regarding “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”

  • Recognizes that:
    • Interior enforcement of our immigration laws is critically important to the national security and public safety of the United States.
    • Sanctuary jurisdictions willfully violate Federal law by shielding aliens from removal.
    • Tens of thousands of removable aliens have been released into communities because their countries refuse to accept their repatriation.
    • We cannot faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States if we exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from enforcement.
  • The purpose of the order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.
  • Establishes new enforcement priorities that prioritize the enforcement of immigration law against criminal aliens (subject to certain grounds of inadmissibility), aliens who commit crimes, aliens who abuse public taxpayer benefits, or are otherwise a national security concern.
    • Trump’s enforcement priorities are a proper use of “prosecutorial discretion” compared to the Obama administration policies that exempted from enforcement all illegal aliens who did not meet their very narrow “enforcement priorities.”
  • Orders an end to federal grants to sanctuary cities, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the DHS Secretary.
  • Directs the DHS Secretary to hire 10,000 new ICE officers (subject to Congressional appropriations) and restores the 287(g) program which deputizes local authorities to perform immigration law enforcement functions.
  • Reinstitutes the Secure Communities program, which helps identify deportable illegal aliens in U.S. jails.
    • Repeals President Obama’s weaker Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) program that he put in place instead of maintaining Secure Communities.
  • Charges the DHS Secretary to ensure the collection of fines and penalties from aliens unlawfully present in the United States and those who facilitate their presence in the United States (could be used against employers).
  • Directs the DHS Secretary to publish weekly reports on crimes committed by illegal aliens, including those instances when a sanctuary jurisdiction released someone DHS wanted to deport.
  • Orders sanctions (including denying visas) against countries that refuse to accept repatriation of their nationals.
  • Establishes an Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens.
  • Ends the Obama-era practice of affording protections under the federal Privacy Act to illegal aliens
  • Requires the Attorney General and DHS Secretary to report back to the President on the progress of the aforementioned directives within 90 days and again within 180 days.

Full text of Executive Order available here.

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    Wrong!!! … Mexico has not done that … it is just the poor that come across the borders we exploit for cheap labor WE NEVE CARED and used for our own purpose. Now they have kids and after the 1997 Law for punishment 3/10 year old bar…we screwed up and they stayed here even more.

    Yes there are also criminals that crossed the borders….and do not come and tell me they are all criminals else I will believe you are senile. They just simply do to want to take care of this. Executive orders….that is all bark…..I watched the NY Mayor feedback….that was Real American….

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      above goes for you Leland that goes along the mood nowadays to blame people and be confrontational……

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        The Mexican president talks about Mexico being a “sovereign country” but he does not think that the US has a right to decide our own laws and policies. He says that the Mexican consulates in this country will defend the “rights of migrants” in this country. If they are not here legally, they have no right to stay here.

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      Blame Open Border Politicians

      Not We the People. The open border puppet politicians destroyed the economy for the sake of their greed. Good folks for secure borders couldn’t vote against it until Trump showed up….he has a 59% approval rate since taking office…now we know its 100% open border politicians to blame and it wasn’t the legal citizens….they were TOTALLY out of the game until recently.

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    Mexico is complaining about a wall on the border. Too bad. It’s like a car theft ring complaining because the police are going to crack down finally. Mexico has spent decades actively encouraging their citizens to avoid complying with US laws, how to avoid detection when in this country, and insisting that we have no right to enforce our own laws or our border. Last year they were telling Mexicans who were naturalized citizens in this country to register to vote, knowing that they will vote overwhelmingly for the pro amnesty Democratic party.

    The American media and political establishment did not like Trump and did not want him to win. Those who voted for him are well aware of his faults, but after decades of watching both parties promise to enforce the law, only to forget that promise once in office, they decided enough was enough. Blame yourselves, not the voters who were fed up with the choice between amnesty and amnesty lite. The only consideration should be for those brought here before the age of 10 and have graduated. Everyone else, including their parents, goes back.

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      Wrong!!! … Mexico has not done that … it is just the poor that come across the borders we exploit for cheap labor WE NEVE CARED and used for our own purpose. Now they have kids and after the 1997 Law for punishment 3/10 year old bar…we screwed up and they stayed here even more.

      Yes there are also criminals that crossed the borders….and do not come and tell me they are all criminals else I will believe you are senile. They just simply do not want to take care of this. Executive orders….that is all bark…..I watched the NY Mayor feedback….that was Real American…

      Leland you can say, make up whatever you want, it will not change the fact that I just mentioned.

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        Tell me specifically what I said that you claim “Mexico has not done”. And if they don’t think their citizens should be able to cross without permission then what is their objection to a wall. No speeches, just answer the questions.