In his third week on the job, President Donald Trump has not slowed down when it comes to rolling out his plans for the country. He signed three new executive orders on Thursday. These, he says, were 'designed to restore safety in America.'
After swearing in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump signed the orders in the Oval Office that he says will 'reduce crime and restore public safety.'
The first executive order instructs Sessions to establish a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The purpose of the task force will be developing 'strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime.' The president expects a report and proposal for new legislation on his desk within a year.
The second order is directed at increasing intelligence to combat drug cartels. The order will prompt more cooperation between different law enforcement agencies. An inter-agency working group is tasked with investigating and issuing President Trump a report detailing progress within four months.
"I'm directing Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and other people," said Mr. Trump.
The third and final order would see the Justice Department prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers. "I am directing the Department of Justice to reduce crimes and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers... It's a shame what's been happening to our great, truly great law enforcement officers," the president said. "That's going to stop as of today."
Many officers across the country applauded the order. Detroit Police Chief James Craig appeared on FOX News show 'Your World' later that day and said, "I'm excited with the change. I think it's well overdue... What we've seen in so many cities - and I can name a few - [is] that when the morale goes down, and police officers don't feel supported, certainly violent crime is not being adequately addressed. I've seen it in too many places."
The order was not universally popular, however. Amnesty International USA put out a statement saying, "This order will not protect anyone, and instead it creates additional penalties that could cause people to be significantly over-prosecuted for offenses including resisting arrest."
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