ICE announces major crackdown on sanctuary cities

‘Sanctuary cities’ will not be receiving a free pass, according to the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an exclusive 45-minute interview Tuesday with the Washington Examiner, Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, announced that he will be sending hundreds of ICE agents to sanctuary cities to crack down on illegal alien criminals.

In fact, he said he plans to “flood” sanctuary cities with agents, as President Trump has given him authority to hire as many as 10,000 new agents in total.

Homan, a 30-year immigration agency veteran who first came into the agency during the Reagan administration, said that President Trump has “taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement,” a radical, and welcome change.

“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,” said Homan.

“The president recognizes that you’ve got to have a true interior enforcement strategy to make it uncomfortable for them,” he said.

Since Trump took office, illegal immigration has plummeted by 70 percent – a historic low – while arrests of illegal alien criminals have increased 40 percent, and ICE has increased their demands for illegal criminals in local jails by 80 percent.

Homan said Border Patrol and ICE agents now have meaning to their jobs and are now allowed to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

Over 300 sanctuary cities and counties across the nation who are ignoring requests to turn over illegal alien criminals are now the key target.  “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,” Homan said.

He explained it is much safer for ICE agents to arrest the criminals at the jails, instead of being forced to hunt them down on the streets, at their homes or workplaces, and condemned cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco who refuse to allow ICE agents into their jails.

The Washington Examiner reported that Homan made it clear ICE is open for business, and they mean business.

“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,” he added.

 

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