If illegal aliens in California were breathing a sigh of relief after the state’s new sanctuary state law took effect, they won’t be now.
On Tuesday, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that illegals in the Golden State, and its Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, “better hold on tight” because ICE will not back off.
“If he thinks he’s protecting the immigrant community, he’s doing the opposite,” Homan said. “If he thinks ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. As a matter of fact we’re in the process now — I’m going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. We’re already doing it. We’re going to detail additional enforcement assets. California better hold on tight. They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California. If the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”
Cavuto asked the director what could be done if local law enforcement agents decide to be loyal to the governor and not help federal agents catch illegal aliens. Homan said he doesn’t believe that would happen.
“First of all, the street cops, they do not like this legislation. They’re totally against it. The street cops understand what we’re trying to do. We want to take public safety threats out of the communities. So this comes to — this is a political decision,” he said. “In Sonoma County a few weeks ago an illegal alien was arrested (and) we pu a detainer on him. He was arrested for domestic violence. Sonoma County didn’t honor the detailer. What happened? Two weeks later, he killed that girl. Now she has two young daughters without a mother.”
And, he said, California is going to be inundated with more criminal illegal aliens because the state has essentially laid out a welcome mat for them.
Fox News reported:
Homan said illegal alien smuggling organizations will use the California law as a “selling point” and that Brown “bit off a lot more than he can chew.”
Homan said that Brown and other sanctuary-jurisdiction leaders may have violated 8 U.S. Code § 1324 – relating to “harboring certain aliens.”
He said he hopes the Justice Department will look into whether officials can be criminally charged under the statute.
According to text of the federal law cited by Homan, any person “knowing… the fact that an alien has come to… the United States in violation of the law, conceals, harbors or shields from detection… such [an] alien in any place” can face fines and/or up to several years in prison.
“The Department of Justice needs to do a couple of things,” he said. “Number one they need to file charges against the sanctuary cities. Number two they need to hold back their funding. Another thing they need to do, they need to hold these politicians personally accountable. I mean, more citizens are gonna die because of these policies and these politicians can’t make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying. I mean, we need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions.”
Gov. Brown has placed his state in a dangerous situation, all to score political points. And if he believes that President Donald Trump is going to simply forget about it he is sorely mistaken.
As Homan said, hold on tight.