Mayors and other top city officials of Sanctuary Cities, could be looking at long jail terms and confiscation of their personal wealth. At least that is what will happen if the top immigration enforcement officer of the United States has his way. Thomas Homan said today that he is investigating if his agency can bring charges against the Liberal politicians on a variety of charges ranging from conspiracy to aiding and abetting.
Thomas Homan said he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail. The acting director of ICE, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement aimed at unscrupulous employers and more agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their streets. The acting director also said that ICE will break the deportation records of 409,849 migrants set in 2012 under President Obama.
Mr. Homan is the lead man in President Trump’s effort to step up immigration enforcement, an area that is a complete about face in policy from the Obama Administration’s program of “Catch and Release”. Under President Trump, agents and officers have had the Obama-era restraints removed and been told to enforce the country’s immigration laws. Most illegal immigrants are eligible for deportation under current rules, Mr. Homan said serious criminals, recent border violators and people who are defying existing deportation orders are still the agency’s top priorities.
Homan told reporters the biggest challenge to expanding deportations is currently a huge backlog in the immigration courts. Illegals who in the past would have admitted their unauthorized status and accepted deportation are now fighting their cases, mostly due to interventions by Obama appointed Judges. “They can play the system for a long time,” he said.
Migrants are increasingly refusing to open doors and, when they do, the encounters are turning violent. Use-of-force instances are up about 150 percent, and assaults on ICE officers are up about 40 percent, he said. But we won’t be chased out of “sanctuaries” and spoke of a section of federal code, 8 U.S.C. 1324, that outlaws attempts to “conceal, harbor or shield” illegal immigrants.
“I think these sanctuary cities need to make sure they’re on the right side of the law. They need to look at this. Because I am,” he said. Asked if he will recommend prosecutions, Homan said, “We’re looking at what options we have.” The law carries a penalty of five years in prison in most cases, but penalties could rise to include life in prison or even death if someone is killed during the crime.
Mr. Homan said; “If I arrest a bad guy in the jail, I arrest him. But if I go to his home or his place of employment and arrest the bad guy, and there’s five guys with him? They’re going to come too. People who don’t think we should enforce immigration law — I wish they’d hang out with me for a week. I wish they were with me in Phoenix, Arizona, people held hostage. A guy with duct tape all over his body, with a hole poked out in his mouth where he breathed through a straw for days, until they paid his fee.