Thomas Homan is the acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, and he had nothing but good news in a recent interview with the Washington Examiner.
Since the President’s election, illegal border crossing have plummeted by an amazing 70%, and arrests within the country have climbed by 40% and the number of illegal criminals being reported to ICE by local jails has gone up by 80%! The numbers are simply astonishing, and they are game-changing for the men and women working in immigration enforcement and border protection.
— ICE (@ICEgov) July 17, 2017
Homan explained that while some folks may not like President Trump, his efforts on illegal immigration are working. “You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they’ve had. You’d think everybody would be celebrating these policies.”
Homan says that ICE and Border Patrol agents are almost uniformly happy with the job that the President has done thus far. “Now they have meaning to their jobs, what this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”
Homan added that the drop in illegals entering the country had given ICE the opportunity to redirect their resources away from the border and towards the interior of the nation. Now ICE could focus on illegals currently sitting in prison, those who are working illegally, and other who are on the run from the law. It’s also allowing ICE to take a hard look at so-called Sanctuary Cities that continue to violate our federal laws and work to protect lawbreakers within their borders. Homan called sanctuary cities “ludicrous,” saying that, “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law.”
Homan also put Sanctuary Cities on notice, ICE was coming for them.
From the Washington Examiner:
Homan said that he plans to flood sanctuary cities with agents. He has been OK’d to hire 10,000 new agents and many will help track down illegals in those havens.
“The president recognizes that you’ve got to have a true interior enforcement strategy to make it uncomfortable for them,” he said.
He ripped cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco that refuse to let ICE officers into jails to seize illegal criminals. He explained that it is much safer for ICE targets, police and citizens to make the arrest in jails than on city streets.
What’s more, he said that the sanctuary policies create more fear in immigrant communities by forcing ICE agents to hunt down fugitives at their homes or work.
Homan’s not just talking a big game with the media, he recently appeared before Congress where he promised that ICE would enforce our laws without apology because that was the job they’ve been tasked to do.
Right now: Acting Director Homan is testifying before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY2018 budget pic.twitter.com/5chWh4wuFj
— ICE (@ICEgov) June 13, 2017
“I don’t think that there is a magic number that we need to get to. What I want to get to is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open for business. We’re going to enforce the laws on the books without apology, we’ll continue to prioritize what we do. But it’s not OK to violate the laws of this country anymore, you’re going to be held accountable.”
Illegal Immigrants are on notice, and now so are the Sanctuary Cities that have been sheltering them… the Trump administration is coming for them.