Donald Trump’s top immigration officer stated that he has been authorized by the President to strictly enforce federal immigration law, including in so-called “sanctuary cities,” and he intends to send numerous immigration agents to these cities to capture criminal foreigners.
Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stated he will finally do something that he hasn’t been authorized to do in the past 30 years of his career as an immigration official.
“Now they have meaning to their jobs,” Homan said for Washington Examiner, alluding to U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents. “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”
President Trump succeeded to lower the rate of the illegal border crossings to the lowest level since Barack Obama took office. This rate in June was 53% lower compared to the rate last June. Homan stated that this is all thanks to Trump’s recent orders on immigration enforcement.
“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. He said that the change in immigration enforcement has been radical — and welcome — under Trump. “You’d think everybody would be celebrating these policies,” he stated.
With this not being an issue anymore, ICE is now focusing on illegals who are in prisons, illegally working in the country especially in the middle part of the country. He stated that the immigration agents will aim to the hundreds of local jurisdictions that won’t share information with ICE, and ignore the agency’s requests to detain criminal illegals in county jails.
“I’m going to arrest him and anybody else with him because there is no population off the table anymore,” Homan said, alluding to Trump’s expanded deportation net. “So if you really want to tap down the fear in the immigrant community, I would think the counties would want me in their jails.”
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