President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement declared Tuesday that politicians in sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes and held “personally accountable” for shielding illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.
In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan accused California of putting “politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety” after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill in October that officially made California a sanctuary state. The law went into effect on New Year’s Day.
Homan argued that the California law forces ICE officers to arrest dangerous criminal illegals “on their turf, in their homes and places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail.”
“It’s ridiculious,” said Homan. “To annoyingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk … And the communities themselves … When you release a public safety threat back into the public, it’s just a foolish decision they make.”
Homan said that he is working with the Department of Justice in an effort to hold those who run sanctuary cities and states personally responsible for the crimes committed by criminal aliens who not turned over to ICE.
“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Homan said. “We gotta hold these politicians personally accountable. These politicians can’t make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying.”
Homan asserted that “more citizens are going to die because of these policies.”
Regarding Brown, Homan said, “If he thinks he’s protecting the immigrant community, he’s doing quite the opposite. Because if he thinks ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement.”
Homan said his agency intends to significantly increase their enforcement presence in California in an effort to protect residents if the state would not.
“The state of California better hang on tight,” he warned.