New Trump Orders Float 'Defining New Crimes' Against Law Enforcement
WASHINGTON -- President Trump issued a trio of law-and-order executive orders today, with one calling for potential new crime definitions and mandatory minimum sentences for violence against law enforcement.
One order establishes a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, without detail on the composition of the panel. The taks force is supposed to "exchange information and ideas among its members that will be useful in developing strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime" and "based on that exchange of information and ideas, develop strategies to reduce crime."
The panel is also charged with "identify deficiencies in existing laws that have made them less effective in reducing crime" to "propose new legislation that could be enacted to improve public safety and reduce crime."
The order states the task force must submit a report to the president within a year.
Trump's executive order on preventing violence against federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "develop a strategy for the department's use of existing federal laws to prosecute individuals who commit or attempt to commit crimes of violence" against cops and to "advance adequate multi-jurisdiction prosecution efforts."
After a review of existing laws, the order directs Sessions "to make recommendations to the president for legislation to address the protection and safety of federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, including, if warranted, legislation defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence."
Trump wants the attorney general to "coordinate with other federal agencies to develop an executive branch strategy" and evaluate grant funding for law enforcement safety.
The final executive order focuses on transnational criminal organizations including drug cartels, gangs and human smuggling operations, and calls for "a comprehensive and decisive approach ...to dismantle these organized crime syndicates and restore safety for the American people."
It directs federal law enforcement agencies to "give a high priority and devote sufficient resources to efforts to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including through the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of members of such organizations, the extradition of members of such organizations to face justice in the United States and, where appropriate and to the extent permitted by law, the swift removal from the United States of foreign nationals who are members of such organizations."
The order calls for greater cooperation among agencies to "pursue and support additional efforts to prevent the operational success of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States, to include prosecution of ancillary criminal offenses, such as immigration fraud and visa fraud, and the seizure of the implements of such organizations and forfeiture of the proceeds of their criminal activity."