When President Donald Trump signed an executive order mandating that Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) publish a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, those knowledgeable in World War II history were outraged. After all, Adolf Hitler used the same tactics to demonize Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust.
Now, the president is putting a stop to the reports, at least for the time being — but not because of the historical allusions or moral objections to propagandizing. Trump is halting the order because he was caught lying.
The New York Times reports, “The first report, released last month… contained misleading information that prompted confusion and defiance among law enforcement officials from the jurisdictions named.”
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security infuriated many U.S. cities and counties that blasted the inaccuracy of the report.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota demanded an apology from ICE officials after calling the report “incorrect in many ways.” Sheriff Richard Stanek even called a news conference to show time-stamped photos contradicting Trump Administration allegations that they had not been cooperating.
Hennepin County has yet to receive their apology, but Franklin County, PA has had more success after being placed on a top-ten list for rogue cities despite full compliance. The county received their apology from Stephen Ritchey assistant director of the York, PA, ICE office. “On a personal note,” the letter read, “I would like to apologize for the unwarranted attention this issue has placed on you and your staff.”
The Times lists numerous cities that were erroneously blasted by the Trump Administration for non-compliance, including New York’s Nassau County and Long Island, both of which have cooperated with authorities. New York City was also labeled non-cooperative despite detaining violent criminals and those on the terrorist watch list.
These are the cases of cities mislabeled as non-compliers, but plenty of others disobeyed the order willingly and with good reason. ICE ordered communities hold undocumented individuals, even after charges have been dropped or bail posted, for up to 48 hours.
The order, so-called detainer requests, has been ruled unconstitutional by federal judges in Illinois, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Once again, a discriminatory Trump initiative has been brought down by the regime’s own incompetence. The futility of the Trump regime is truly a blessing and a curse.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com