President Donald Trump has made it crystal clear that he wants the immigration laws on the books to be completely enforced for once.
Despite that, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
So-called ‘sanctuary cities’ continue to throw a wrench into Trump’s plans, but it sounds like that won’t be an issue for much longer.
As The Daily Wire points out, according to Director Thomas Homan business is about to pick up for ICE in a major, tactical way:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas D. Homan says his team, unshackled by President Donald Trump, is “open for business” and planning to target sanctuary cities with additional resources and 10,000 new agents.
And he’s not sorry about it.
Homan told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday that deportation targets have surged now that President Trump has “taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement.” The top ICE official explained that illegal border crossings have plummeted by nearly 70% since Trump took office, “arrests inside the country have jumped 40% and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80%.”
While ICE agents have made some tremendous progress in hampering illegal border crossing efforts, there’s a ton that remains to be done to get a handle on illegal immigrants that have put roots down in the US.
Sanctuary cities hamper those efforts as best as possible, but Homan feels those days are coming to a close.
Such cities evade federal law and shield illegal immigrants detained by enforcement officers within the city from ICE. Homan is not a fan, calling such policies “ludicrous.”
“In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,” said the official.
According to the Examiner, Homan “plans to flood sanctuary cities with agents” and has been given the green light to hire 10,000 new agents for the mission.
“The president recognizes that you’ve got to have a true interior enforcement strategy to make it uncomfortable for them,” stated Homan.
This is yet another sign that when Trump says something on the stump, he really means it. That’s part of his immense appeal, and it’s downright remarkable that his detractors can’t grasp that simple concept.
Illegal immigration has been out of hand for what seems like an eternity. Trump recognized the problem, and he’s put the wheels in motion to get a handle on it.
Much to the consternation of Trump detractors, he’s also able to adjust on the fly as needed.
Source: The Daily Wire