Trump signed E.O., “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking”

This executive order redirects the Threat Mitigation Working Group to detect and prosecute international drug cartels.

At Vox, German Lopez reports that the three orders issued today, Feb. 9th, are intentionally vague but are setting the stage for a “tough on crime” administration.

Section 2 sets policies for the new administration to tackle international drug cartels, including increased cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies. Section 3 calls for the Secretary of State, AG, Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence to co-chair and redirect the Threat Mitigation Working Group (TMWG). Additionally, the working group will report and make recommendations in 120 days.

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Trump signed E.O., “Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety”

This executive order establishes a task force to address “illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime.”

Section 1 of the order lays out the focus of the task force: illegal immigration. This order revolves around drug trafficking and violent crime committed by  immigrants. The Task Force will be created by the Attorney General to (1) “exchange information and ideas,” (2) “develop strategies to reduce crime,” (3) “identify deficiencies in existing laws “that are less effective in reducing crime, (4) “propose new legislation” to improve public safety and reduce crime, (5) “evaluate the availability and adequacy of crime-related data,” and (6) “identify measures that could improve data collection.”
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Contributor Post: A holistic look at Trump’s three immigration E.O.s

The executive order which POTUS signed on January 27th restricts immigration from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It affects travelers on all types of visas (other than diplomatic and UN ones) and refugees. On January 25th, POTUS also signed an executive order aimed at strengthening border security and immigration enforcement.

These executive orders, designed to curb the migration to the U.S. of “undesirable” (dangerous or unauthorized) immigrants and refugees, represent a piece meal approach to a global social problem and does not take into consideration the complexity of issues involved in this worldwide phenomenon of migration or its unintended consequences. The following are some of the important points, other than the legal/constitutional or moral arguments already described in other editorials, that make these measures objectionable. Continue reading “Contributor Post: A holistic look at Trump’s three immigration E.O.s”

Trump signed Pres. memo, “Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”

This memo details considerations to be made in a “new plan to defeat ISIS,” incl. a call for changes to U.S. rules of engagement

Read in full: Presidential Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

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Trump signed Pres. memo, “Organization of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council”

This memo restructures the National Security Council, Homeland Security Council, functionally adding Steve Bannon

Read in full: Presidential Memorandum Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council

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Trump signed E.O., “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (UPDATE: Nationwide stay ordered)

This E.O. bars Syrian refugees until “further notice,” and suspends some visa travel for 90 days

Read in full: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

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