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Trump Orders Publication of List of Crimes by Undocumented People, Recalling Nazi-Era Practice

HeadlineJan 27, 2017

The Trump administration has announced plans to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants living in so-called sanctuary cities, where local officials and law enforcement are refusing to comply with federal immigration authorities’ efforts to speed up deportations. The plans for the weekly list, to be published by the Department of Homeland Security, were included in Trump’s executive orders signed Wednesday. Author Andrea Pitzer, who is currently writing a book on Nazi concentration camps, points out Trump’s proposed list recalls a Nazi Germany-era policy by which the Nazi Institute for Research on the Jewish Question kept files on crimes committed by Jews. The list is part of Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities, which also includes threats to cut their federal funding. Mayors of sanctuary cities nationwide have vowed to resist Trump’s attacks. But Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez has already announced the county will drop its sanctuary city status and comply with Trump’s executive order. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott says he’ll cut state grants to Austin, a sanctuary city, and has vowed Austin Sheriff Sally Hernandez will lose her job unless she forces local police to begin cooperating with federal immigration agents in order to speed deportations.

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