Trump's Executive Orders on Crime Foment "Dark View of Society"
Stoking fears of a crackdown on immigrants and civil liberties, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed three executive orders addressing crime.
“A new era of justice begins, and it begins right now,” Trump said to conclude prepared remarks at the White House. The orders were signed following Jeff Sessions’ swearing-in as U.S. attorney general.
According to McClatchy:
As the text of the memoranda trickled out, USA Today reporter Gregory Korte noted that one of the orders links crime with “illegal immigration”—echoing remarks Trump made Wednesday before a law enforcement conference, in which he blamed gang violence in Chicago on undocumented immigrants.
Attorney and immigration reform advocate David Leopold similarly warned that by putting “‘illegal immigration’ on par with drug trafficking and violent crime,” Trump is making “clear he’s about to unleash his deportation force.”
Others expressed concern that the orders would justify a law enforcement crackdown on protesters or minorities.
Meanwhile, criticism was lobbed against Sessions for parroting Trump’s lies on the U.S. crime rate during his swearing-in speech.
Yahoo! News reports:
Writing at NBC News, Jane C. Timm put the misleading claims in context:
The ACLU, which on Wednesday vowed to sue Sessions if he violates the U.S. Constitution, also responded to the orders with skepticism and concern.
“President Trump intends to build task forces to investigate and stop national trends that don’t exist,” said Jeffery Robinson, deputy legal director of the ACLU and director of its Trone Center for Justice and Equality. “We have seen historic lows in the country’s crime rate and a downward trend in killings against police officers since the 1980s. The president not only doesn’t acknowledge these facts about our nation’s safety, he persists in ignoring the all-too-real deaths of black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement.”
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