Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan said he’s been given the green light to hire 10,000 additional agents to help crack down on illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities.
"In the America I grew up in, cities didn't shield people who violated the law," Homan told the Washington Examiner.
Homan said the agency is finally able to do its job under the Trump administration.
"What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws," he said. "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."
[S]ince Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, "an historic low," arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent. […]
The drop in illegal crossings has given ICE a chance to redirect resources to interior United States and immigrants locked up in jails, illegally working jobs and on the run.
A key target is the 300-plus sanctuary cities and counties that do not cooperate with ICE and ignore requests that they detail criminal illegals for ICE arrest and deportation proceedings. (Washington Examiner)
“What I want to get 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,” he added. “But it’s not OK to violate the laws of this country anymore, you’re going to be held accountable.”