Then they came for the homeless.
Last month, Trump told a pool reporter aboard Air Force One that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would within a week put San Francisco, California, on notice because of supposed used hypodermic needles flowing through the city's storm drains into the Pacific ocean.
San Francisco officials, however, insist this is untrue because the city's Public Utilities Commission catch basins trap storm-drain debris, and its two treatment facilities process any unfiltered runoff or pollutants.
San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, explained:
"To be clear, San Francisco has a combined sewer system, one of the best and most effective in the country, that ensures that all debris that flow into storm drains are filtered out at the city's wastewater-treatment plants. No debris flow out into the bay or the ocean."
"This is the president of the United States that is putting out this nonsense and social stigma. He has a massive audience and he is putting out this narrative that is very concerning. This can't be something we just dismiss."
Activists argue Trump's latest assault is nothing but nimbyism--"Not In My Backyard."
That report states:
"Policing may be an important tool to help move people off the street and into shelter or housing where they can get the services they need."
It adds that half of all unsheltered homeless people live in California, and allowing the homeless to sleep in the streets increases the homeless population.
However, much research shows criminalization of homelessness, particularly their arrest, is ineffective and expensive since it makes it more difficult to obtain housing; it can also leave them with criminal records and fees.
The CEA report actually acknowledges this: