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Trump signed 3 executive orders about crime today. Here are the highlights.


President Trump signed three executive orders related to crime and public safety Thursday morning. The text of those orders was released later that day. 

Here are the highlights of each order.

Task force on crime reduction

Trump directed his new Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a national task force on reducing crime in the U.S. The task force will share information to fight crime, find holes in existing laws that make fighting crime more difficult, improve data collection and conduct studies. 

The group will send at least one report to Trump within a year.

Law enforcement

Trump's second executive order aims to crack down on violence against law enforcement officers, recommending the creation of new crimes and increasing penalties for violating existing laws involving crimes against police officers. 

Fighting cartels and drug trafficking

The third executive order focused on efforts to fight drug cartels and sex traffickers. The order said it will strengthen enforcement of federal law to fight these organizations and ensure agencies give a "high priority" to fighting and dismantling cartels. Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and the Director of National Intelligence will run a group focused on fighting cartels. 

We cannot reduce crime in the United States without addressing illegal immigration.
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary

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