Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States."
Answer: Immigration x Trump + Kobach = Bad.*
Increase enforcement against aliens without criminal convictions, authorize local law enforcement officers to act as immigration officers, hire more immigration officers, cut off funds to jurisdictions who decline to honor detainers or share information with ICE, bring back Secure Communities, make reports listing immigration status of all aliens imprisoned in the U.S., services for victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.
The order instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target "all removable aliens." It prioritizes aliens with any criminal conviction, charge or "who have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense." This expands criminal aliens to include those charged (but not convicted) and those who have not been charged with a crime. To accomplish this, 10,000 additional immigration officers are to be hired.
State and local law enforcement officers will be allowed to "perform the functions of immigration officers in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens." This amounts to a national "show me your papers" policy, allowing any law enforcement officer to ask for proof of immigration status, and leading to racial profiling.
The order also defines "sanctuary jurisdictions" as those who refuse or limit requesting, maintaining or exchanging information about immigration status. A list of jurisdictions that decline to honor detainers will be published weekly with a list of criminal actions committed in those jurisdictions by aliens. It also establishes an office to provide services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.
The Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is terminated and "Secure Communities" is reinstated, which means that any undocumented alien who is arrested will be placed in removal. The order also requires reports listing immigration status of all aliens imprisoned in the U.S.
Maybe the answer should be "Worse."*
*See, The Mouse and His Child, Russell Hoban, Muskrat's "Us and Them Tables."
**Kris Kobach is an advisor to Mr. Trump on immigration. He is the Kansas Secretary of State and the author of the Arizona "show me your papers" law.