Inspired by President Donald Trump’s lead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan said that the deportation targets have increased and he is also planning to deploy more agents and resources to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal criminals.
Homan reported that since Trump became president, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, setting “an historic low.” Arrests inside the country, in turn, increased by 40 percent. Demands for illegal criminals in local jails have gone up to 80 percent.
Homan,a 30-year-immigration agency veteran and former chief ICE enforcement boss, said about the impact of current programs on illegal immigration: “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.”
He is also proud of the radical and welcome change in immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. He said it should be a reason for everybody to celebrate.
One particular group Homan singled out who’s cheering for Trump’s policies is the Border Patrol and ICE agents. He said: “Now they have meaning to their jobs. What this president has dine is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”
Another good result in the drop in illegal crossings is the fact that it has given ICE a chance to redirect resources to interior United States and immigrants locked up in jails, illegally working jobs and those on the run.
More than 300 sanctuary cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with ICE and ignore requests that they detain criminal illegals for ICE arrest and deportation proceedings will be a crucial target for Homan and the department. Homan described sanctuaries “ludicrous.”’ He stressed: “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law.”
Homan specifically slammed cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco for refusing to let ICE officers into jails to seize illegal criminals, where it would have been safer for the agents to make the arrests, instead of on the streets.
Trump’s enforcement go-to guy firmly concluded: “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.