On Jan. 1, California’s 58 county sheriffs will be on the front lines of implementing the state’s new immigrant sanctuary law, which is designed to limit the people that law enforcement agencies can detain, question or investigate at the request of federal immigration officials. Many of those sheriffs were opposed to enactment of the law, says the Los Angeles Times.
Trump’s long-awaited action on the national drug scourge includes no new funding. The New York Times castigated the president as clueless, suggesting that his call for “really big, really great advertising” to steer young people away from drugs recalls the failed “Just Say No” campaign of the Reagan era.
President Trump touted an advertising campaign as “our most important thing” in addressing the opioid crisis. But government and academic assessments of “Just Say No”-style anti-drug messages have shown they don’t work.
The U.S. is on pace to receive more than 1 million citizenship applications this fiscal year. Amid the political bluster over immigration, many of the 9 million people eligible to become citizens are opting to protect themselves against removal by applying for naturalization.
America’s “crisis next door” will be designated a public health emergency, although President Trump will stop short of declaring a more sweeping national emergency. The entrenched opioid epidemic claimed 64,000 American lives last year.
With bottlenecks at immigration courts, the administration wants to use “expedited removal” to deport undocumented migrants who have recently arrived. That strategy has been used for two decades near the border, but Trump wants to expand its use across the nation.
A bipartisan coalition of police leaders, prosecutors and former justice officials called for ‘modern strategies’ and ‘innovative solutions,’ in a letter to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released ahead of Wednesday’s summit in Wash. DC. The Justice Department responded that “Americans voted for President Trump’s brand of law and order.”
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, who has spent most of her career in family court, has emerged as the front runner to lead the 250-attorney office of the U.S. attorney for south Florida. She has no federal law enforcement experience but is supported by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott.
Starting Oct. 18, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States. Citizens of Iraq and Venezuela also face heightened scrutiny.