“Enforce the law.”
That’s the excellent way Byron York described President Donald Trump’s so-called “radical” immigration plan. Unlike former President Barack Obama who instructed that numerous immigration laws not be enforced, Trump’s plan restores law and order in large part by instructing that the laws already on the books be enforced.
York wrote in the Washington Examiner:
Trump’s two immigration executive orders, issued Wednesday, are long, far-reaching, and complicated. But perhaps the most consequential passage in the two combined orders is a single sentence: “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”
That is the heart of Trump’s immigration strategy. “We do not need new laws,” the president said at the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday. “We will work within the existing system and framework.”
York also laid out several major points from the executive orders on immigration that Trump signed this week.
# 1 End catch and release.
“The Secretary [of DHS] shall immediately take all appropriate actions to ensure the detention of aliens apprehended for violations of immigration law,” the order about border enforcement stated, “pending the outcome of their removal proceedings or their removal from the country to the extent permitted by law.”
“They will be setting up detention facilities and have asylum officers and immigration judges on hand to deal with these cases right away, instead of releasing them into the country to disappear, or claim a work permit,” Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies said.
# 2 Take on Sanctuary Cities
“Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States,” the interior enforcement order read.
Trump plans to hit these cities where it hurts: “that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with [federal law] are not eligible to receive federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the [DHS] Secretary.”
# 3 Speed up the deportation process.
# 4 Enforce the laws already there about the deportation of “removable” illegals.
“We cannot faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States if we exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” the interior enforcement order read, in regard to illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, and who in some cases get deported multiple times, come back, commit more crimes and create a public safety disaster for local communities.
“I hereby direct agencies to employ all lawful means to ensure the faithful execution of the immigration laws of the United States against all removable aliens.”
“I think it’s very important that he is telling DHS officers in all three enforcement agencies that they will again have the discretion to enforce the law as written,” Vaughan explained, “and not be limited by arbitrary prioritization policies that have been so disastrous for public safety and that have encouraged more illegal immigration.”
# 5 Asylum seekers no longer get to stay here as their case is considered.
# 6 Unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration plans to make sure the public has access to the data on criminal illegals (i.e. those who committed, or are accused of committing, a crime in addition to their initial crime of coming here illegally.)