Trump Issues Two Immigration Implementation Orders

Trump remains intent on pushing everyone's buttons and causing rampant fear in our communities. Yesterday he issued two new implementation orders on immigration to effectuate his prior executive orders, which are already under attack in the courts.

The orders are here and here.

His orders lack teeth and he knows it. The first order, authorizing the hiring of 5,000 more Border agents and 500 Air & Marine Agents/Officers" states such hiring is "subject to the availability of resources." [More...]

Without funding from Congress, he can't hire 10,000 ICE agents. His order today states, "I have directed ICE to hire 10,000 officers and agents expeditiously, subject to available resources."

He cannot order the construction of more immigrant detention facilities without funding.

He can't fund a border wall without money from Congress. His implementation order directs "The Under Secretary for Management" to begin preparing a supplemental budget request for this year and future years. He can't just start building. He doesn't have the available funding.

His veiled threat to Mexico (by ordering a report on how much aid we give them other than for intelligence) will backfire. Mexico has already promised to ramp up its consular assistance to its citizens affected by Trump's order. It will double down against him.

Americans will pay the price for Trump's ignoble, biased orders when the bulk of avocados and other things we love that are made in Mexico will be shipped to Canada, Europe and elsewhere in the world instead of the U.S. The price of cherry tomatoes, mangoes, blueberries, limes -- and avocados -- and so many other foods we enjoy will skyrocket.

There aren't enough immigration judges to handle the present case load -- let alone the huge quantity of new cases that his implementation order would require. He has no funds to hire them.

As for getting state law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws, he's calling for DOJ to enter more "287 (g) partnership agreements - which were abandoned years ago and a failure. When Trump invaded the Oval Office, there were only 37 law enforcement agencies in the country (among every local law enforcement agency in every town and city in America) who had an existing 287(g)agreement. Since taking office, the number is 38. (You can read each agreement and see the signatories at the same page.)

No state law enforcement has to sign an "agreement." It's voluntary. Tell your local elected officials to just say no, and you'll vote against any sheriff who signs one and any city council member who authorizes a local police department or county sheriff to sign one. Trump's blast from the failed past of 287(g) agreements:

I am directing the Director of ICE and the Commissioner of CBP to engage immediately with all willing and qualified law enforcement jurisdictions that meet all program requirements for the purpose of entering into agreements under 287(g) of the INA.

Also keep in mind Trump's orders today are implementation orders of his prior executive immigration orders, which are being fought in the Courts. If his executive orders are thrown out, these implementation orders will be meaningless.

The ACLU says:

The Trump administration is willing to trample on due process, human decency, the well-being of our communities, and even protections for vulnerable children, in pursuit of a hyper-aggressive mass deportation policy.

President Trump does not have the last word here. The courts and the public will not allow this un-American dream to become reality.

Support the ACLU. Give generously.

No human being is illegal. In my personal opinion, Donald Trump is an embarrassment to America. It is unbelievable that tens of millions of Americans must cringe in shame at the thought that such an unworthy, inexperienced, ill-intentioned, unknowledgeable, crude and vulgar person occupies the Oval Office. Especially when 3 million more Americans voted against him than for him.

Trump, the Illegitimate. 1,349 days left and counting.

< Haiti Holds Mass Funerals for Inmates Who Died From Prison Conditions | Friday Open Thread >
  • The Online Magazine with Liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news

  • Contribute To TalkLeft

  • Display: Sort:
    Shocking, terrifying whole swathes of (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 07:45:21 AM EST
    Americans. People I am related to will be racially profiled, asked for their papers. Others just trying to stay alive, who knows? Who knows what ends up happening to them?

    A friend told me yesterday about a (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Fri Feb 24, 2017 at 08:51:39 PM EST
    Bulgarian relative has been traveling to visit each continent. When she arr. in Hawaii en route to LA. ICE asked why she was in Iran.  She sd., as a tourist. Agent sd., nobody goes to Iran as a tourist. Huge hassle.

    Oh no, many other reports coming in (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Feb 25, 2017 at 08:42:47 PM EST
    Is this really who we want to be?

    Unfortunately, we don't seem to have (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 26, 2017 at 08:57:52 PM EST
    a choice at this point.

    It's a horror (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 12:41:15 AM EST
    I for one cannot normalization it.

    I am taken back to the comfort of my Christmas holiday at Polish pottery shops, we were from all over the world in there. King Wenceslas square over Christmas, we were from all over the world. Colmar France special forces officers were out at Christmas market but we all still showed up and we insisted on being together, Murphys Irish Pub in Colmar played hours of Creedence Clearwater Revival for all these English speakers in attendance and the dude abided for hours. What Trump is trying to do is take us backwards. I say NOOOO!


    Trump says (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 05:40:07 PM EST
    his deportation policy is a "military operation." Not so, says Spicer et al. continuing in the show biz role of cleaning up for the elephant.  Just an adjective, because, maybe, someone mentioned: posse comitatus.

    Funny, Posse Comitatus (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 08:08:12 PM EST
    used to be the name of a far-right, gun-hoarding, anti-government, white-identity group who claimed to recognize "no government authority above the county level."

    Whatever members that are still around must be experiencing some severe cognitive dissonance these days.


    I go to bed in rage every day. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 08:35:19 AM EST
    Since the so-called human was inaugurated.

    Jeralyn, your countdown is only to the next election. The so-called human Trump will still be pretending to be president for another 79 days. There are 1427 left in his term.

    Crossing the days off :)? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 11:17:44 AM EST
    I'm with you. And joined a group of progressive military spouses. I'm running the Twitter feed for the group. I put up different articles they put on Facebook. So about eight other people are sharing very specific things they find and I just can't believe it but believe it baby.

    Sooooo, today, 3 out of 10 Republicans are now pro Russia and the guy behind the California succession movement lives in? Russia

    WTF is going on here?


    He's just trying to look like he is doing (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 11:31:25 AM EST
    something for the rubes that voted for him.

    Thanks for the info on the agreements. The "administration" really does dredge up all of the arcane BS. I'll pay attention to that locally.

    Mexican deportee suicide (none / 0) (#5)
    by Towanda on Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 08:08:29 PM EST
    already, apparently leapt to his death from a bridge near the border, within minutes of being sent back -- to a cartel- and violence-ridden area.

    The Sarandon revolution is here? (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Feb 25, 2017 at 08:46:53 PM EST
    As the human suffering increases, it's all I can hear in my head.