US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been busy under the new aggressive Trump administration mandates. Raids have multiplied as ICE has been charged with accelerating its process of finding and deporting undocumented immigrants. But one policy that the Trump plan had in place has been put on hold. Trump’s Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, required the public disclosure of all crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
The move was an attempt to show up “sanctuary cities” that don’t comply with federal efforts to flush out immigrants. The idea is that sanctuary city citizens will rethink their stance once they see the list of crimes those it’s protecting commit. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the tactic as “shaming” the sanctuary cities into cooperation. This week in a setback for the Trump strategy, ICE has suspended the publication of the lists because they contained too many errors. “There have been some data processing errors, and some other issues,” David Lapan, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told the media. It’s unclear if and when the reports will resume.