1600 Daily: Everything White House 03/12/18
March 12, 2018
How to secure our schools
After the horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month, President Donald J. Trump met with students, teachers, lawmakers, and local officials to hear every idea they had about how to keep violence out of America’s schools.
Every child in our Nation has a right to feel safe. To achieve that goal, the President will announce a series of actions to protect our children and their communities:
- Hardening our schools: The Administration will make sure our schools are safe and secure—just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings—with better training and preparedness.
- Strengthening background checks and prevention: President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.
- Reforming mental health programs: The President is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.
- Keeping the conversation going: In addition to these immediate actions, President Trump is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention.
This week, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the State of California to save lives and keep dangerous criminals off our streets. For far too long, California has obstructed Federal law and put the interests of criminals who are in United States illegally ahead of the well-being of American citizens.
Below is just one example of a dangerous criminal that California set free—despite the lawful request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold him until Federal authorities could arrive:
On Aug. 2, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department arrested a citizen of Guatemala on charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant. That same day, ICE lodged a “detainer,” which includes a request to the local jail to notify ICE before the inmate is released.
The next day, the Sonoma County Jail provided ICE with only 24 minutes notice before it released the suspect—despite the fact that the jail is about 65 miles from the nearest ICE field office. On Aug. 18, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department arrested the same individual as a suspect in the murder of his alleged girlfriend.
The best jobs news in 2 decades
The opening months of 2018 has marked the strongest average monthly job growth in more than two decades, the Council of Economic Advisers wrote last week following the release of February employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 313,000 last month, and average hourly earnings increased 2.6 percent since the same period last year. Since January 2017, 2.5 million jobs have been added to the economy.
“I mean, the only sector of the economy that got smaller in February was the Federal government,” Vice President Mike Pence joked in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday.
Photo of the Day
Today, President Trump will host the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros. The President will then have lunch with Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.