Immigrant Arrests Soar 33%; Many Have No Crime Record

Newly empowered federal agents have intensified their pursuit of undocumented immigrants under Trump. A Seattle prosecutor says immigrants have quickly come to fear the U.S. justice system. He says, “The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust.”

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first  2 1/2 months of the Trump administration, reports the Washington Post. Newly empowered federal agents are intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year. Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, evidence that President Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Advocates for immigrants say the unbridled enforcement has led to a sharp drop in reports from Latinos of sexual assaults and other crimes in Houston and Los Angeles, and terrified immigrant communities across the United States. A prosecutor said the presence of immigration agents in state and local courthouses, which advocates say has increased under the Trump administration, makes it harder to prosecute crime. “My sense is that ICE is emboldened in a way that I have never seen,” said Dan Satterberg, the top prosecutor in Seattle. “The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust.”

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Trump Deputies Ready Plan for Massive Deportation Effort

Documents suggest the White House is quickly and quietly moving forward with plans to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump promised on the campaign trail.

The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump promised on the campaign trail as he railed against the dangers posed by illegal immigration, reports the Washington Post. An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants, opened discussions with dozens of local police forces that could be empowered with enforcement authority and identified where construction of Trump’s border wall could begin. The agency also is considering ways to speed up the hiring of hundreds of new Customs and Border Patrol officers, including ending polygraph and physical fitness tests in some cases, according to the documents.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that the Trump administration is seeking to change long-established federal requirements on jails holding immigrants facing deportation. They include requirements to notify immigration officials if a detainee spends two weeks or longer in solitary confinement; to check on suicidal inmates every 15 minutes and evaluate their mental health every day; to inform detainees, in languages they can understand, how to obtain medical care, and to provide a staff member who can advocate in English on the detainee’s behalf.

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Science, Evidence-Based Principles, Donald Trump And Crime Control

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

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Feds List Sanctuary Cities, But Consequences Are Still Vague

This week’s first official “detainer” report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement included a list of 118 self-declared immigrant sanctuary cities. President Trump has threatened to strip federal funding from the localities, but the consequences for those on the list are a mystery.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s first list of so-called immigrant sanctuary cities produced a lot of names — and not much clarity, reports the Boston Globe. The list, released this week as part of ICE’s first weekly “detainer” report, named 118 localities as self-declared sanctuaries but included no information about the Trump administration’s plans to respond. So what is the purpose of the list? One ICE official said it will be up to Trump and Congress to decide what the next steps will be. Trump has repeatedly threatened to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities. He issued an executive order on Jan. 25 directing the Department of Homeland Security to begin that process.

“We’re just complying with the executive order,” said the ICE official. The list of cities was drawn up based on public announcements and news reports and is not fully comprehensive. It will be up to DHS to officially define and identify sanctuary cities for the purposes of Trump’s order, the official added. Phil Torrey, an immigration lawyer, says the report has another purpose. “Trump is trying to shame localities into using their resources to help ICE arrest and deport individuals,” he said. He says the list is being used as a propaganda tool “to unfairly and inaccurately paint all immigrants as criminals.”

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State Dept. Cables Spell Out ‘Extreme Vetting’ Action Plan

A series of memos from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny” and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, including a “mandatory social media check.” The messages highlight the labor-intensive details involved in carrying out President Trump’s often-repeated campaign promise.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny” and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. He has also ordered a “mandatory social media check” for all applicants who have ever been present in territory controlled by the Islamic State. Social media screening is now done fairly rarely by consular officials, and the new action plan would be a broad, labor-intensive expansion of such screening, officials said.

Four cables issued by Tillerson in March provide insight into how the U.S. government is implementing President Trump’s campaign promise of “extreme vetting” of foreigners entering the U.S. The cables also demonstrate the administrative and logistical hurdles the White House faces in executing its vision. They provided instructions for implementing Trump’s March 6 revised executive order temporarily barring visitors from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees. The flurry of cables to U.S. missions abroad issued strict new guidelines then retracted some of them in response to court rulings. The final cable seen by Reuters, issued on March 17, leaves in place an instruction to consular chiefs to convene working groups of law enforcement and intelligence officials to “develop a list of criteria identifying sets of post applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny.”

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Black Pols Push Back Against Trump’s ‘Urban Carnage’ Views

At a White House sit-down, the Congressional Black Caucus presented Trump with a 130-page policy proposal with a taunting title: “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.”

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President  Trump on Wednesday about infrastructure and reducing urban crime, calling the sit-down a “positive” first step toward finding common ground, reports Reuters. The lawmakers presented Trump with a 130-page policy proposal titled “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century,” a reference to Trump’s repeated query on the campaign trail asking what did blacks have to lose by supporting him.

Many black leaders have criticized his depiction of urban areas as crime-ridden war zones and his false claims that the first black U.S. president, Barack Obama, was born abroad. At the start of the meeting, Trump said he was serious about his promise to help African-Americans. “Every American child has a right to grow up in a safe community, to attend great schools, to graduate with access to high-paying jobs,” Trump said during the portion of the meeting open to reporters. But the relationship between blacks and Trump is fraught. Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, said many  constituents had urged him not to meet with Trump “because of the rhetoric.”Richmond said, “We expressed that to him, because we’re certainly very clear of the emotions of African-Americans around the country.”

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Trump’s New Border Agents Would Cost Billions

The 15,000 new agents sought by the President would cost $1.38 billion to $1.48 billion annually. “What is the evidence that this is going to make the difference that you want to make? (That is what) is missing right now,” says Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

President Trump has called for the hiring of 15,000 new immigration and border agents to help carry out his orders to increase immigration enforcement inside the U.S. and along its southern border. Combined, the 15,000 new agents would cost $1.38 billion to $1.48 billion annually, or between $13 billion to nearly $15 billion over 10 years, according to estimates by the Migration Policy Institute, The Arizona Republic reports. Such a massive buildup in staffing would require approval from Congress, could take years to achieve, and could lead to changes in hiring standards aimed at preventing corruption and bribery by drug cartels.

What’s more, Trump’s plan would likely encounter strong resistance from Democrats and from fiscal conservatives in his own party. It comes as the president wants to build a giant southwestern border wall to curtail illegal immigration and is also calling for a sharp increase in military spending that would be paid for by slashing other areas of the federal budget, including education, the environment, and foreign aid. “This is very expensive. It’s clear that President Trump has a desire to shift resources towards Homeland Security, but shift them from where, because this is a lot of money,” asks Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense, an independent watchdog group. The 10,000 new ICE agents and 5,000 new Border Patrol agents appear to be an arbitrary “political number for a political promise,” Alexander said. It is not based on concrete research or analysis to accomplish specific goals or objectives. “What is the evidence that this is going to make the difference that you want to make? (That is what) is missing right now,” she said. Border Patrol apprehensions of Mexicans, however, in recent years have fallen to near historic lows, says the Pew Research Center.

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President Trump, Your Base Wants Marijuana Legalized

Subtitles Trump, Jeff Sessions, Marijuana and Crime in America Mr. President, your base wants legal pot. They also want the government out of their lives. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director […]

Subtitles Trump, Jeff Sessions, Marijuana and Crime in America Mr. President, your base wants legal pot. They also want the government out of their lives. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director […]

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St. Louis Man Charged with Threats Against Jewish Venues

Juan Thompson of St. Louis faces federal charges for making more than half a dozen threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum. He made some of the threats in the name of a former girlfriend.

Federal authorities have charged a St. Louis man with making more than half a dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum, reports the New York Times. The man, Juan Thompson, made some of the threats in his own name and others in the name of a former girlfriend, apparently in an attempt to intimidate her, according to a federal complaint unsealed Friday by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan.

In one threat, made on Feb. 1 against a Jewish school in Farmington Hills, Mich., the complaint said, Thompson claimed that he had placed two bombs in the school and was “eager for Jewish newton,” an apparent reference to the December 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 20 students and six school employees. The arrest comes amid heightened tension involving more than 100 threats that have been made against Jewish groups in dozens of states since the beginning of the year, which has led to a broad federal investigation.

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Attorney General to Step Away from Campaign Investigations

Jeff Sessions said he would follow the advice of his department’s ethics officials and recuse himself from “any campaign investigation.” Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he will recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, which would include any Russian interference in the electoral process, reports the Washington Post. Sessions said he was following the recommendation of department ethics officials after an evaluation of the rules and cases in which he might have a conflict.

“They said that since I had involvement with the campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation,” Sessions said. He added that he concurred with their assessment and would thus recuse himself from any existing or future investigation involving President Trump’s 2016 campaign. The announcement comes a day after The Washington Post revealed that Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January.

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