President Trump’s latest move will be an attempt to manipulate public opinion to
the detriment of both legal and undocumented immigrants.
Along with beginning the construction of the border wall that Donald Trump
repeatedly promised on the campaign trail, his administration will start
publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants, according to language in one of the executive orders Trump signed Wednesday.
While President Trump is already defunding the top 10 sanctuary cities —
cities that have promised to resist deportation orders from the federal
government — to the tune of $2.27 billion, his executive order goes a bit
further in demonizing the cities taking a stand against his immigration policy:
“To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated
with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary [of the Department of Homeland
Security] shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent
and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions
committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to
honor any detainers with respect to such aliens,” the order reads.
The “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” mentioned in the order references
a document produced by the Department of Homeland Security, which details
the cities and states that have declined detainment orders sent from
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the aforementioned
paragraph, Trump is apparently instructing Gen. John Kelly, who was recently
confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to
assemble a weekly report of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants in cities
resisting ICE detainment orders.
As The Independent noted, such a report is not unlike the “Black Crime”
vertical on white nationalist site Breitbart.com, formerly run by Steve Bannon,
who has since left the site to become Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist.
The vertical chronicles crimes committed by African Americans to manipulate its
readers into thinking black people commit more violent crime than white people,
despite the fact that violent crime is actually down, and that white people commit far more crimes than any other race in America.
The order was also ambiguous in how the weekly crime report was to gather its
information, and left the door open for crimes committed by legal immigrants to
be included by not explicitly stating that only data regarding undocumented
immigrants was to be used for the report.
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Asked by Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow on Thursday how Mexico is going to pay for Trump’s border wall, Mark Krikorian, the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies said, “They’re obviously not going to write us a check. I think Trump thought that up as kind of a way to troll Mexico.”
“What I think is likely to happen,” he continued, “is a tax on remittances that immigrants send home. And Mexico depends on that money a lot. So, taxing that is a way for having Mexico pay for it. And it’s not some crazy idea because Oklahoma already does it.”
While calling Trump’s early actions on immigration “outstanding,” Krikorian added “the border wall is going to be less problematic” as compared to efforts to push back against “sanctuary cities.” Trump “has all the authority he needs” as regards building the wall, said Krikorian.
“Bringing sanctuary cities to heel is going to be much more difficult because cutting off some of their Justice Department grants is not going to do it for at least a lot of the big ones, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago. They’ve already said they don’t care, they’ll take the hit. Their first goal is protecting illegal aliens.”
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Prime Minister Theresa May went to Washington, and President Donald Trump extended the hand of friendship
President Donald Trump holds British Prime Minister Theresa May's hand as they walk along the colonnades of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
By JILL LAWLESS - Associated Press
Saturday, January 28th 2017, 13:01 pm EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May went to Washington, and President Donald Trump extended the hand of friendship. Literally.
May left Washington after a 24-hour visit as Saturday's British newspapers splashed front-page photos of the two leaders touching hands as they walked at the White House before a strikingly collegial news conference.
May wanted her meeting, Trump's first as president with a foreign leader, to revitalize the trans-Atlantic "special relationship." She got her wish — delighting those who think Trump's presidency will be good for Britain but alarming others who loathe the brash Republican populist.
She goes home — after a stop in Turkey Saturday to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with Trump's promise to seek an early trade deal with Britain once it leaves the European Union, a commitment from the president not to abandon NATO and Trump's praise for what he called "this most special relationship."
Trump gets an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to come for a state visit later this year — a treat for a president with Scottish roots and a taste for opulence.
So there was satisfaction from May's team aboard her RAF Voyager jet at how well the hastily arranged trip had gone.
May also praised Trump's "stunning" election victory and declared that they shared a commitment to make government serve "working people." May's embrace of aspects of Trump's policies infuriated her opponents in Britain and could make other European leaders uneasy.
British Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said May "clearly spent her time with Trump dodging his despicable comments on torture, on women, on Muslims and on Mexicans."
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said May "failed to challenge Trump and stand up for our values" at a joint news conference with the president Friday.
Trump, meanwhile, extolled Britain's vote to leave the EU, saying Brexit would be "a tremendous asset and not a tremendous liability."
There's a touch of irony in Trump's praise for Brexit Britain. May supported the losing "remain" side in the EU membership referendum and now has to implement a decision she opposed.
But those comments and the warmth of the visit drew approval from the pro-Brexit sections of Britain's press.
"It was one of the most extraordinary days in the long history of U.K.-U.S. relations," said the Daily Mail under the headline "Love-In at the White House" and a picture of the hand-holding moment.
May's office said Trump offered his hand in a chivalrous gesture as the pair approached an unexpected ramp, and she took it.
The trip will provide images for countless future stories about the trans-Atlantic bond. As well as the shoulder-to-shoulder press conference, May got a handshake in the Oval Office beside a bust of Winston Churchill that has become minor obsession for sections of the British press since it was moved to another spot in the White House by President Barack Obama. Trump restored it to a prominent place beside the Oval Office fireplace.
At times it seemed the visit would be overshadowed by Trump-related headlines that had nothing to do with May, including his feud with Mexico over who would pay for the border wall.
While May was in town the White House announced that Trump would speak by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday, amid speculation he could be preparing to lift U.S. sanctions over Ukraine. May said Britain wants to see the sanctions stay in place.
And at the news conference with May, Trump repeated his belief that torture works — though he said he would defer to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who thinks otherwise. Britain, May stressed during the trip, is firmly against torture.
May had scarcely left when Trump issued an executive order barring all refugees from entering the U.S. for four months and imposing a 90-day ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
On the whole, May emerged from the joint appearance looking confident and controlled. Trump, too, was notably calm and measured in her presence.
When May said Trump has assured her he was "100 percent" behind NATO, a body he once called "obsolete," the president muttered his agreement.
And he said he was confident the two very different leaders were going to get along.
"I am a people person," Trump said. "I think you are also, Theresa."