Acting Ice Director Thomas Homan isn’t someone you’d confuse for a moderate squish on immigration. If anything, he makes Donald Trump look like an amnesty shill (see ICE Director: Charge Politicians who Run Sanctuary Cities with Crimes and ICE Director: Illegal Immigrants ‘Should Not be Comfortable’ Here…). So yeah, he has some thoughts on immigration reform. He shared said thoughts at the Border Security Expo. Here’s a snippet.
“They [sanctuary cities] bankroll the very criminal organizations that have killed Border Patrol agents and killed special agents in ICE,” said Homan.
“It irritates me that a politician who has never held a badge and a gun, who doesn’t understand what we do every day, makes a decision of putting their own political careers ahead of the health and safety of a law enforcement officer. A shame!” Homan said in a part of his speech that he warned was not part of his prepared remarks.
And a few more highlights from his 40-minute speech:
“If we get a clean DACA bill, shame on all of us. You can’t address DACA and reward people that brought children here illegally and not address underlying reasons of DACA.”
“Sanctuary cities, end them. Detainers, legislate them. TVPRA, change it,” he said of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. “Asylum, raise the bar. We have the knowledge to fix it, but you know what we need is the willpower of Congress … I’ve been doing this 34 years, we’re talking about the same thing every year.”
I don’t think Shutdown Schumer’s plan to show deportations is going to matter much either. At least, not to Homan.
“People ask me all the time, ‘So why’d you arrest the guy who’s been here 15 years and has two kids?’ Because he had his due process, he got his order from the judge to leave this country. He’s gotta leave,” Homan explained. “The billions of dollars we spend on law enforcement means nothing because you chose to have a U.S. citizen child while you knew you were in the country illegally. If that’s the message that you want to continue to send … you are never going to fix the southwest border.”
Homan has no shame when it comes to deportations because he believes in enforcing American law. Imagine that.
He also has a point when he says refusal to enforce deportations will never fix the border. Though I think that’s the Democrats’ whole plan: to not fix much of anything.
In the very least, the left will have a harder time mucking up our borders as long as Homan is on the case.