Donald Trump may love cops, but he is making their job extra hard and it’s happening coast to coast. If you are trying to solve gang-related crime, the last thing you need is a President who wants to deport your potential informants and witnesses. The police lose their best shot at success as the president inches toward creating a Police State. The best result of this nefarious effort is that some cops don’t like it. The International Association of Chiefs of Police told the New York Times it would “strongly oppose any initiative that would mandate that state and local law enforcement agencies play a role in the enforcement of federal immigration law.

” This resistance has not stopped the President. Mr. Trump wants to deport the undocumented and he wants cops to help by doubling as immigration agents. The president is so set on this that he has threatened to deny aid to departments that refuse to comply,

Trump’s immigration snafu

Liz Robbinsfer, in the New York Times, Feb. 22, 2017, notes: “The Suffolk County Police Department is debating how to navigate increased pressure to assist federal immigration authorities in communities like Brentwood, while cracking down on the widespread gang activity in these communities.” The harsh approach of Donald Trump to expel the undocumented is a piece with with Trump assaults a free society.

Resisting Trump on immigration won't be easy

There is one silver lining in the face of the trauma that Trump’s cruel and thoughtless orders are creating.

People are waking up and expressing themselves in social messages and street demonstrations. Mayors of sanctuary cities have signaled that they will defy the President. State attorney generals are finding legal ways to stop the anti-immigration juggernaut.

Unfortunately, such efforts cannot stem rising fears, particularly among those unsure of their status or future.

As Trump writes order after order, resistance could fade. This is a man whose entire adult life has been a succession of lawsuits. Trump has been involved in at least 3500 court battles and 75 cases are still pending. Irma Solis of the ACLU told the New York Times, “In the absence of any clear direction of the police, people assume that whatever we’re getting from the federal level is coming down to the local level…People will say, "I will think twice, or three times before I end up reporting something." We should all think about the dire implications of Trump's marathon effort to make life hard for immigrants.