Trump Regime

Trump Prepares Executive Order to Criminalize Homelessness

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Supreme Court recently allowed a lower appeals court ruling against the criminalization of homelessness to remain in place, which is great, but the Trump regime is developing its own plans to criminalize homelessness according to CityLab.

The White House is reportedly drafting a potentially illegal executive order that would cut funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for cities that don't demolish homeless encampments.

Advocates say that they expect an executive order on homelessness to assign new resources to police departments to remove homeless encampments and even strip housing funds from cities that choose to tolerate these encampments. It’s one of several efforts being steered by the White House’s Domestic Policy Council in concert with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [...]

One advocate for a Washington, D.C.-based housing organization says that HUD has narrowed its focus to a list of 24 cities and states, all of which have large numbers of unhoused people sleeping outside. Most are located on the West Coast, where Trump has sought to embarrass progressive officials by intervening.

Trump's hypothetical executive order may also include a plan to use former prisons and correctional facilities as shelters for the homeless and that raises many red flags for me.

I mean, at first glance, this looks like a plan to round people up and put them in detention facilities that may not be unlike his facilities for immigrants. The prisons would be located away from cities according to people familiar with the plans and that would obviously mean removing people from cities they called home before they become homeless.

Multiple federal courts struck down Trump's executive order to defund so-called "sanctuary cities" so, at face value, it seems unlikely that this executive order could survive even a single court room.

Now, have you heard the good word of Jesus Christ? Merry Christmas, etc.

  • There’s a DS9 third season two-parter where Sisko and company find themselves thrown back in time to a 2024 “Sanctuary District” in San Francisco, a ghetto where the poor and homeless are collected and confined so that they won’t bother the “better”, well-off people. At the time the episodes aired, in 1995, the idea of such districts seemed almost farcical.

    I’m not thinking that any more. Damn sometimes Star Trek is prophetic.

  • muselet

    The cruelty is the point.

    Donald Trump gets to demonize yet another vulnerable population and get the red-hatted mob riled up, and he’ll blame the hated liberals for the problem. And when the courts rule against his heartless and cruel executive order, Trump and his followers will get to scream bloody murder, outraged! by the actions of a few, unelected judges.

    What an appalling excuse for a human being.

    –alopecia