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Acting ICE Director: Charge lawmakers in sanctuary cities with crimes

January 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Acting ICE Director: Charge lawmakers in sanctuary cities with crimes

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) acting director announced that it is time to begin charging officials in sanctuary cities with crimes. The director also threatened a significant enforcement action in California, which is considered a sanctuary state.

“I think we charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law,” acting ICE Director Tom Homan said during an interview on Fox News Channel on Tuesday. “This isn’t America I grew up in. We gotta take these sanctuary cities on, take them to court and start charging these politicians with crimes.”

Homan’s remarks took place one day after the State of California was declared a sanctuary state. “California better hold tight,” Homan added. “They’re about to see a lot more special agents… and deportation officers.”

“The State of California wants to put politics ahead of safety,” Homan continued. “What they’ve done is force officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail.”

The director noted that the sanctuary policies in the state and other jurisdictions places both officers and the public at risk. “When you release a safety threat back into the public, it’s a foolish decision.”

Speaking in regards to California Governor Jerry Brown, “If he thinks he’s protecting the immigrant community, he’s doing the opposite,” Homan said. “If he thinks ICE is going away — we’re not.”

“There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement,” Director Homan said to Neil Cavuto. “I am going to increase our enforcement presence in California. We’re already doing it. We are going to detail additional enforcement assets.”

“California just bit off more than they can chew,” Homan said. He said that more illegal immigrants and more criminal immigrants would be relocating to California after the new law went into effect on January 1st.

Homan added that he is also working with the Department of Justice to potentially charge sanctuary officials for harboring illegals.

“When these cities that shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don’t allow us access — that, in my opinion, is a violation of 8 USC 1324, an alien smuggling statute.” the ICE director revealed.

“What do you do if they do that?” Cavuto questioned regarding the sanctuary jails.

“We charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law,” Homan replied. He added, stating that the DOJ needs to “hold these politicians accountable. More citizens are going to die because of these (sanctuary) policies. These politicians can’t make decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying.”

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