In remarks that are music to many a frustrated American’s ears, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement just issued a bold warning to every illegal immigrant in the country. Yes, every.
The Washington Examiner reports that Thomas Homan laid down a bold new approach to immigration enforcement at a hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee:
If you are in this country illegally, and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable, you should should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried […]
No population is off the table. We’ll issue detainers to anybody in the country illegally. Our priorities are criminals first, but if you’re asking me if we are going to put detainers on people that have not been convicted of a crime, yes we will.
He also explained the common-sense reason why the mushy moderate position — only deport the ones who’ve committed additional crimes after breaking into the country — was wholly inadequate:
Most of the criminal aliens we find in interior United States, they entered as a non criminal. If we wait for them to violate yet another law against the citizens of this country, it’s late. We shouldn’t wait.
Amen! We can’t add anything more to that perfect answer.
Crucially, Homan also urged Congress to crack down on sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration law to protect illegals, calling them “a danger to the men and women of ICE.” The Trump administration has taken a strong stand against sanctuary cities, but there’s only so much it can do if the legislative branch doesn’t pull those cities’ federal funding or pass laws to impose additional consequences on them.
Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t admit it’s not all smooth sailing on the immigration front. Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian recently chided the White House for dragging its feet on the elimination of Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty for illegals who were brought here as minors, and it remains to be seen whether the GOP will fight to fund the much-needed border wall in the next budget.
But while there have certainly been missteps, I for one feel much better knowing that principled and intelligent men like Thomas Homan are calling the shots these days.