One of the hottest topics in last fall's election of a new sheriff for Los Angeles County was the vow of winner Alex Villanueva to limit the department's cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sheriff Villanueva is now about to announce plans to prevent LA County's jails from becoming a "pipeline for deportation."
President Trump's continuing effort to use administrative declarations to raise the barriers to lawful admission into the United States hit another roadblock in San Francisco on November 18. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevented enforcement of the president's declaration that persons seeking asylum could not enter the United States except through lawful ports of entry.
The Trump administration seems to enjoy portraying immigrants as habitual criminals who deserve nothing better than indefinite incarceration. Unfortunately, a review of the records pertaining to immigrants who have been held in extended detention shows that many -- if not most -- of these persons have either committed no crimes or have served whatever sentence was imposed upon them by a state criminal court. Nevertheless, they were still held in immigration detention.
President Trump is fond of using stories of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to stoke support for his harsh immigration policies. Recent studies are showing, however, that the administration's harsh policies are leading to the arrests of an increasing number of non-criminal immigrants.