Pointing to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia as the worst sanctuary cities in the country, Thomas D. Homan, acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, called them “un-American” and stated that by harboring criminal illegal immigrants, the jurisdictions are boosting crime.
“In the last year, I’ve read all these stories of how the crime rate has exploded in Chicago, and the president’s trying to help them. We’re stepping up our game in Chicago. Is Chicago doing everything that it can to decrease the criminal activity up there? I say no,” Homan said. “I say no, because if you’re an illegal alien, and you get arrested in the United States for a crime, and you get booked in Cook County, Chicago, my officers aren’t allowed in the jail. They don’t accept our detainers. They don’t share information with us.”
In refusing to detain criminals, sanctuary cities end up putting them back on the street where they “will re-offend”, and ICE agents will then be forced to track them down, which is a dangerous endeavor.
“Why would Cook County not want my officers, federal law enforcement officers, to go talk to somebody who is illegally in the United States that committed yet another crime against the citizens of this country? It’s ludicrous,” he said, adding, “They’re a sanctuary city, they’re proud of it.”
San Francisco and New York are two cities currently being victimized by violent criminals, he said, bringing up the July 1, 2015, slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on city pier 14 by an illegal immigrant. “San Francisco. How soon they forget,” he said.
“Let’s talk about New York City, the site of the most horrific terrorist event in this nation’s history, and they don’t accept our detainers,” he pointed out. “New York City, they’re proud of being a sanctuary city.
“These jurisdictions, these cities, are choosing to shield people who violated the laws of this country that committed a crime against this country; they’re going to shield them. So, what’s next? Sanctuary cities for people who don’t want to pay their taxes?” he asked.
Politicians are the problem, he said, noting that police and sheriffs in many sanctuaries want to help ICE. “The street cops that I talk to want to help. It’s the politicians who want to make this a political game. It’s not a political game. This is a matter of public safety and life and death we shouldn’t be playing politics with this,” said Homan.
Last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called out Philadelphia, one of the largest sanctuary cities in the United States, for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration policies.
Sessions stated that such cities choosing to act in defiance “aren’t giving sanctuary to law-abiding people, but criminals.” He cautioned them to “reconsider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens.”
Earlier this week, Fox News reported that “ICE currently has more than 20,000 employees in 400 offices across the country as well as agents in 46 countries.” However, the agency is actively seeking to recruit an additional 10,000 employees in response to President Trump’s directive to crack down on illegal immigration and deport illegal immigrants linked to violent offenses.
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