Thursday, February 9, 2017

Presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction

President Trump signed a slew of new executive orders today. One is titled Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

It starts off strong: "It shall be the policy of the executive branch to reduce crime in America." Okey doke. I think folks can get behind that.

It goes on say: "A focus on law and order and the safety and security of the American people requires a commitment to enforcing the law and developing policies that comprehensively address illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime." 

Further along it states that the task force "shall... exchange information and ideas among its members that will be useful in developing strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime[.]"

Sigh.

Perhaps Trump is circling back to the rhetoric he employed throughout his campaign of vilifying undocumented aliens as engaging in criminal acts.

But I'm not so sure.

It seems to me as though President Trump might genuinely believe that is a crime to be present in the United States without authorization. That "illegal immigration" is itself a crime like "drug trafficking" and other "violent crime."

Our readers know that is not the case. Maybe someone can let Trump know.

-KitJ

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