Mayors of sanctuary cities all over the country have pledged to continue protecting undocumented residents from deportation. An executive order signed by President Donald Trump today might limit their options.
“Interior enforcement of our Nation’s immigration laws is critically important to the national security and public safety of the United States,” the order reads. “Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.”
The order explicitly targets sanctuary cities, noting “Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”
It also threatens to withhold funding.
In a move that might seriously imperil civil liberties, the order also has a portion suggesting that the public be informed about the criminal actions of undocumented people.
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.
While some might argue that the public has a right to know if cities are permitting undocumented people to commit dangerous acts, it should be noted that the executive order seems to apply to anything from alleged “abuse” of public benefits to charges that have not been resolved yet.