If Donald Trump deserved credit for one thing during the Republican primary, it’s bringing the issue of illegal immigration center stage. He’s already stated he’s going to be building a (big beautiful) wall on the U.S.-Mexican border (and make Mexico pay for it, to boot), and after winning the election, stated that he’d deport 2-3 million criminal illegal aliens.
He’s been met with resistance from the mayors of sanctuary cities, but his attorney general pick Jeff Sessions has vowed to fight them by withdrawing federal funds from sanctuary cities. He’s able to do so thanks to a Justice Department ruling this year that the law requires localities to cooperate with immigration agents. Who would’ve thunk that cities don’t get to pick and choose which federal laws they want to obey?
Yesterday, Trump met with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – and with that, a photographer captured a glimpse into Trump’s deportation plan.
As the Los Angeles Times reported: Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who’s been tapped to join Donald Trump’s immigration policy transition team, probably didn’t intend for the world to see details of his plan to bar terrorists and Syrian refugees when he brought it to a meeting Monday.But that’s what happened when he posed for a photo with President-elect Donald Trump outside of Trump International Golf Club in New Jersey. The document was in full unobstructed view, as Kobach apparently wasn’t thinking about the power of a zoom lens.
The clearest part reads:
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FIRST 365 DAYS
Bar entry of Potential Terrorists
- Update and reintroduce the NSEERs screening and tracking system (National Entry-Exit Registration System) that was in place from 2002-2005. All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked.
- Add extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens; question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution.
- Reduce intake of Syrian refugees to zero, using authority under the 1980 Refugee Act.
Less legible on Kobach’s document, but still visible, are mentions of its definition of “criminal alien” (“any alien arrested for any crime, and any gang member”); the phrase “386 miles of existing actual wall”; the Patriot Act; and “Draft Amendment to National Voter ….” It’s possible this line refers to the National Voter Registration Act.
Sounds good to us!
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]