President signs orders telling officials to enforce immigration laws

Why is it necessary for a president to issue an executive order telling public officials to enforce the laws passed by Congress?

That’s apparently what it has come to. According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump has signed orders that mean almost everybody living in the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation and new arrivals will no longer be subject to the current catch and release practice.

“The Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” WSJ quotes an enforcement memo as saying. “Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”

The New York Times reports that the orders end the Obama administration policy that required Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to immediately deport only those newly arriving illegal immigrants who were apprehended within 100 miles of the border and had been in the country no more than 14 days. “Now it will include those who have been in the country for up to two years, and located anywhere in the nation,” NYT relates.

The orders also tell the federal immigration agencies to revive a program that used local police to help with immigration enforcement, a program called 287g that was scaled down under Obama, NYT says.

According to Channel 3, the 287g program under Sheriff Doug Gillespie only turned over to immigration those suspects that had an outstanding warrant or an immigration detainer.

But it would be up to current Sheriff Joe Lombardo to determine the level of cooperation.

Border wall in Nogales, Ariz. (Reuters pix via WSJ)

Border wall in Nogales, Ariz. (Reuters pix via WSJ)

15 comments on “President signs orders telling officials to enforce immigration laws

  1. deleted says:

    I wonder if he will issue an order ordering the IRS to enforce the provisions of ObamaCare that make it mandatory to state that you have health insurance or have a penalty laid?

    I fear for our republic.

  2. deleted says:

    To iShrug

    I fear for our republic.

  3. Says he who must not be named…who would turn our republic into a cultural Marxist utopia (gulag)…

  4. Steve says:

    ACA. The law that forces people to spend money on private products or be fined.
    Because socialism is so good, people have to be forced to accept it.

    Patrick must be heavily invested in Health Insurance stock.

  5. Self incrimination.

  6. deleted says:


    You far right wingers man. What a bunch of racist hypocrites.

    8 years of talking about how Obama was destroying this country by ignoring the Constitution because he refused to enforce the laws, and now the Orange man does the same, except expressly, and the response is this?

    I fear for our republic.

  7. Steve says:

    “I fear for our socialist paradise.”

    There, I fixed it for you, Patrick.

    After all, your kind doesn’t give a whit about the Republic.

  8. When they resort to playing the “race” card…it’s evident they’re losing their grip, and the argument…

  9. deleted says:

    Call a thing by it’s true name I say.

    When a bunch of right wing racists “fear” for our republic because a black president fails to execute the laws to their long, but loudly applaud an orange man for expressing ordering that laws not be executed, the only thing to do, is call ’em right wing racist hypocrites.

    And they appear here daily.

  10. deleted says:

    “Long” should be “liking”

  11. Steve says:

    Patrick doubles down with hyperbole note the focus on hype.

  12. deleted says:

    When a right leaning polling firm, like Quinnipiac says it, there must be a reason. And it can’t be good.

    “A majority of voters in the U.S. are opposed to several policies proposed by President Trump and congressional Republicans, including building a border wall and repealing ObamaCare, according to a new poll.

    Six in 10 say they oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the president’s foremost campaign promise, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

    Only 37 percent support building a wall on the border. The percentage of voters opposed to the proposal increases to 65 percent if the U.S. has to pay for it, and 33 percent would support such a proposal.

    Slightly more than half of respondents, 54 percent, are also against repealing the Affordable Care Act, and 43 percent support the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.”

  13. deleted says:

    Another terror attack in the US. The second known in as many weeks perpetrated against people because of what they look like by terrorists that are taking the orange mans lead

    Want to bet this one doesn’t get listed by the Don as one of those that didn’t get enough publicity?

    And I wonder if this terrorist will look like the last one?

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