While on the campaign trail then candidate Donald Trump vowed to take a tougher stance on illegal immigration. It seems, however, that Trump is not interested in only those who come to the United States illegally, but those who attempt to take the legal route as well. During his first weeks in office Trump attempted to initiate, through executive order, a ban upon individuals entering the United States from numerous countries made up of Muslim majorities. Trump’s orders were shot down numerous times by various courts. Now it seems Trump is taking a different tact, and is choosing to harass immigrants in the United States by releasing their personal information. What happens to those individuals once their information becomes public is not his fault, or at least that is what he is attempting to use as political cover.
Over the last month, the Trump administration has waged a war on the rights of immigrants and foreigners — including by issuing a policy that strips away basic privacy protections that have been provided by Democratic and Republican presidents for decades.
This policy shift was tucked into Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order released on January 25. It could let the Trump administration release the names and private information of non-U.S. citizens — including refugees, college students, tourists, and people here on work visas. The new policy could also make it easier for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to obtain information from other agencies that can be used to detain or deport people.
There is no end to the villainy of Trump’s administration. Either by hook, crook, or plain intimidation, Trump and his lackeys are hell bent on causing as much trouble as possible. At the end of the day, they will be forced to account for their actions by the American people.