In a recent interview, Thomas D. Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), made it clear the era of Trump has ushered in a new era in immigration control, as well.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Homan, speaking from his office, said that “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.”
The director made particular mention of key numbers as proof of the Trump Effect: Illegal border crossings down 70 percent; arrests inside the U.S. up 40 percent; and demands made of local authorities by federal agents for jailed illegals up a whopping 80 percent.
Referring to Border Patrol and ICE agents, Homan said, “Now they have meaning to their jobs. What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”
A significant priority for Homan will be a crackdown on sanctuary cities and the undocumented immigrants hiding therein. Expressing his frustration with the very concept of sanctuary cities, Homan declared, “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law.”
Homan says he’s been given the green light to hire 10,000 new agents, and plans to use a large number of them to penetrate sanctuary cities.
“The president recognizes that you’ve got to have a true interior enforcement strategy to make it uncomfortable for them,” he said.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large