For the folks that really believed that Donald Trump was going to “build that wall, lock her up, and bomb the crap out of ISIS!” the next year or so is almost guaranteed to be filled with disappointment. Trump supporters may actually be just as disappointed as Obama supporters after he didn’t do any of the things he said he would in office.
That’s the difference between populist politics and the campaign trail and the entirely different world of actually governing. For instance, the folks that voted for Trump might not be too pleased about the tax hike for all the extra federal spending on immigration enforcement.
But what’s likely to happen now is exactly what’s happened before. The fiscal conservatives want to deport millions of people but they don’t want to pay for it. So they will, again, ask local law enforcement to do the Joe Arpaio routine. (That’s where actual police work suffers because cops are doing immigration enforcement.)
But with crime on the perceived rise and fewer homicides being solved than ever, it might not make too much sense for agencies to get suckered into doing work that no one’s paying them for.
Additionally, politics is complicated. While Trump’s immigration focus played well on the campaign trail and was assuredly part of his appeal, the same cannot be said for the former sheriff in Maricopa County.
It’s a little like the border wall. In Belmont, Massachusetts, it sounds great. In Texas they’ll tell you how the wall we’ve already wasted billions on is working.
At any rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is no dummy. He runs that police department and is very plain spoken about the cops being used by the feds to do their damn job.
“I don’t intend on doing anything different. We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status,” Beck told the Los Angeles Times. “We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”
A job is something that someone pays someone to do. And there’s the rub. No new taxes right?