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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” to implement his campaign promises regarding interior immigration enforcement.

It is time to explain exactly what the EO instructs, and how difficult it will be to carry out.
Expanded local authority.

Expanded local authority.

The Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the executive branch to delegate immigration enforcement authorities to state and local government agencies. Trump’s EO expands this program.

From January 2006 through Sept 30, 2015, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 287(g) Program identified 402,079 potentially removable aliens. ICE has also trained and certified more than 1,675 state and local officers to participate in the program but the backlog crisis in our immigration courtsmakes a large increase in the number of removal proceedings virtually impossible.

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Published originally on the Hill.

About the author.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as the immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.