With the missile strikes in Syria, the ongoing investigations into Trump’s Russia connections, a possible White House staff shakeup, and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch (among other happenings), it was been a busy in Washington. Given all that is going on, it is perhaps unsurprising that Donald Trump has been able to quietly pursue a number of initiatives outside the spotlight, with minimal oversight by the press.
Now, the Washington Post is reporting on one such initiative: Trump’s deportation force. If you recall, during his campaign Trump promised to assemble a massive force capable of deporting more than ten million undocumented immigrants. Many assumed this promise was more empty talk, akin to his vaunted promise to Build A Wall, And Make Mexico Pay For It!
Not so, according to the Post: “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.”
“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.”
That the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for deportations on a massive scale is extremely troubling. Who will oversee the deportations? Will those targeted have access to judicial review? What degree of force will the deportation armies be permitted to use? Where will funding for these deportation armies come from? Given that we are talking about forcefully disrupting the lives of tens of millions Americans, these questions need to be asked and answered. Kudos to the Post for shining a light on this issue.