I’ve been pleased with how busy President Trump has been since he took office. I can’t say I was one of those reluctant Trump voters who said they didn’t believe he would follow through on his promises, so I haven’t been surprised at his actions once he was in office. But this Executive Order impresses me; it’s a very sound idea, something that would have been done years, no, decades ago in a sane world. It’s only common sense, and it’s basic to what the role of government was meant to be in this country, that is, if we are to take the Founding Fathers’ intentions seriously.
“To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary 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 Executive Order also states that to “promote the transparency and situational awareness of criminal aliens in the United States,” the Secretary and the Attorney General are hereby directed to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on the “immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as Federal pretrial detainees under the supervision of the United States Marshals Service; and the immigration status of all convicted aliens incarcerated in State prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.”
Yes, I know I’m a ”glass-half-empty” kind of person, always hoping for the best possible outcome rather than half-measures, always wanting things to be done now, at once, not incrementally. And I don’t want to diminish the credit due to Trump for signing this order. But it would be nice if they would include ‘legal aliens’, people who have valid visas but who are not yet citizens. Or how about giving statistics on all immigrants involved in felonies? It would give us an idea of the real ‘value’ of immigration. So many Americans have been ingrained with the idea that ‘legal immigrants’ wear halos, and that legal=good, while only illegal immigrants are a problem in any way. For the last couple of decades that’s been one of my aims: getting people to see that we need to examine immigration in general, all immigration, not just the illegal kind.
But this is a start; it’s much needed and President Trump deserves kudos for this.