Immigration hardliner picked to lead ICE
On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump nominated Thomas D. Homan to serve as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security and permanent director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Holman has served as acting director of ICE since Sarah R. Saldaña, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, stepped down following President Trump’s inauguration in January.
Since January, ICE has accelerated efforts to deport undocumented aliens in the United States. A report in the New York Daily News noted a 900% increase of ICE arrests in New York State. ICE agents are frequently seen at courthouses.
From the beginning of his candidacy, President Trump promised to increase deportation of undocumented aliens (illegals) and that is precisely what has happened. Homan has been instrumental in bringing the President’s promise to reality. According to the Washington Examiner, more than 41,000 illegal immigrants were arrested in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
In June, Homan told the approximately 11 million undocumented aliens in the U.S. to “look over your shoulder.” Homan has demanded all jurisdictions cooperate with ICE requests to detain illegals who have been arrested or detained by law enforcement for non-immigration-related crimes.
The Dallas News quoted Homan as saying the following at the conservative Heritage Foundation: “If we keep sending this message, ‘It’s OK to violate the laws of this country and…not be worried about enforcement,’ then we’re never going to solve the border crisis. … It’s never going to be solved as long as people think they get a free pass.”
Homan has even mentioned charging mayors and other local officials in sanctuary cities with violating anti-smuggling laws.