Empowered by a president who has “taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement,” the nation’s chief immigration official says deportation targets have surged and that he’s planning to deploy more agents and resources to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal immigrants, the Washington Examiner reports.
Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that since President Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have dropped by almost 70 percent, “an historic low” and arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent. “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, a 30-year immigration agency veteran.
Homan said the change in immigration enforcement has been radical — and welcome — under Trump. “You’d think everybody would be celebrating these policies,” he said during the 45-minute interview in his office. One group he says are cheering: Border Patrol and ICE agents. “Now they have meaning to their jobs,” said Homan. “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws,” he added.
The drop in illegal crossings has given ICE a chance to redirect resources to immigrants locked up in jails, illegally working jobs and on the run. A key target are 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. Homan called sanctuary cities “ludicrous,” adding, “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law.”