Trump’s executive order to crack down on sanctuary cities has been called the “most consequential piece of legislation of the year.”
The order imposes strict requirements for the government to turn over people who have committed crimes and who are in the country illegally.
It is also a sweeping measure that includes a requirement that local jurisdictions provide services to undocumented immigrants and refugees, as well as help them apply for welfare benefits.
But as the New York Times’ David Sidera explains, it also is a far-reaching plan to dismantle protections for people with mental health issues, immigrants who have served time in federal prisons and other undocumented workers.
Sideras analysis is one of several articles in this month’s issue of New York magazine.
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Trump’s order requires the government, by law, to release “information on any alien that the alien is in the United States lawfully” and to provide that information “within 48 hours.”
The Trump administration is also expected to use the executive order as a template for enforcing deportation policies nationwide, including the controversial executive order signed by President Trump in March that suspended immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Trump-created order also sets out a broad framework for implementing Trump’s controversial travel ban, which bars people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United State.
But it does not set out specific policies or enforceable deadlines, leaving the Trump administration wide open to challenges that could potentially cause the order to be invalidated.
Trump has long argued that his immigration policy is a win-win for the United Sates and its people, but some Republicans in Congress have been wary of taking such steps.
The president also has said that the order is needed to keep the U.S. safe from radicalized Islamic terrorists and to protect the country from terrorist attacks.
Siders analysis of the order comes amid increasing calls for Congress to take up the issue.
“The executive order is the most consequential piece at the moment in terms of the policymaking process, but there are other issues at play,” said Robert B. Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
“We don’t know what the effect is going to be, and the effect on immigrants in terms the public is going the other way.”
A number of states have also introduced bills to expand the protections for undocumented immigrants.
But these are often blocked by a Supreme Court ruling that Trump’s immigration order is unconstitutional.
Trump will have to use executive orders to bypass Congress, but his opponents have argued that the executive orders are the only way to enforce immigration law.
“President Trump is putting us all at risk,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
“When he says the executive action is necessary, he is putting the lives of millions of people at risk.”