- Cristina Rodríguez: Kelly memos illustrate marked shift from targeted to maximal enforcement philosophy on immigration
- The memos frame immigrants as a threat to public order, she writes, and call for a dramatic expansion of state power
Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice from 2011 to 2013. In a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press (with Adam Cox of NYU), she explores how presidential administrations have used their enforcement power in immigration and beyond to shape regulatory and social policy. The views expressed here are solely hers.
(CNN)On Jan. 25, President Trump issued two executive orders calling for the dramatic expansion of immigration enforcement in the name of public safety -- at the border and throughout the United States.