In one of President Trump’s executive orders, he ordered the weekly publication of a list of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the United States. The DHS report tracks the reported crimes committed by immigrants in jurisdictions that are defying the administration by not alerting ICE agents about the arrest.
Thankfully, the list doesn’t publish the names of the people who were charged with these crimes. Rather they list the type of crime, where it happened, and the country of origin for the suspect. Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said in a statement that when local authorities ignore the agency’s requests “it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission.”
Of course, their only mission is to deport immigrants. Public safety, however, is the mission of the local and state authorities, which is why they are refusing to comply with this crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.” Police in those areas say that tasking them with being the front line of immigration enforcement would undermine the trust their community has in them, preventing witnesses to and victims of crime from coming forward.
Naturally, most of these areas are Democratically controlled, and thus Democrats are speaking out about this list.
As Buzzfeed reports:
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez in a statement said the report was an attempt to shame state and local police who don’t hold undocumented immigrants without a federal warrant.
“Trump’s presidency is based on a number of lies, but one of the most important to Bannon, Trump, and Sessions is to paint all immigrants as killers and rapists,” Gutiérrez said. “The reality is that in most cities, the police have found that acting as deportation police makes it harder to keep their cities safe,” Gutiérrez said.
As we noted, a list like this is vaguely reminiscent of tactics employed by autocratic governments in the past who sought to turn the populace against a group of people. There are no other weekly reports of crimes committed in the United States, so there will be no other data to compare these numbers to as they eventually increase with time.
The list’s intended purpose may be to shame these local departments into complying with federal edicts. They may hope this will rally the citizens in these areas to take action, demanding their representatives work with ICE. However, it’s also likely that this will lead to vigilantism and the further vilification of the immigrant communities in these areas.
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