The California Values Act has taken effect, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan is not happy about what it means for immigration officials.
He joined Fox News to share his thoughts on why it could ultimately hinder ICE from effectively doing its job. He began by saying, “I think it’s terrible.”
“You’ve got the state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officers’ safety. What they’ve done is forced my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes and their place of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail.”
He adds, “It’s ridiculous to knowingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk.”
Homan has been opposed to this law since its inception in September, and he released a statement about the harm it would do then:
Statement from ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan Regarding California Sanctuary Legislation pic.twitter.com/6KK55vXRGK
— ICE (@ICEgov) September 16, 2017
Homan believes that this piece of legislation “serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders.”
Cavuto asked, “What can you do if you’re not going to get local help in trying to track down folks you say not only shouldn’t be here, but are a threat to people here?”
Homan had a strong reply:
“If [California Gov. Jerry Brown] thinks he’s protecting the immigrant community, he’s doing quite the opposite. Because if you think ICE is going away, we’re not.
There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. … I’m going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. …
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.”
The California Values Act appears to be a political response to President Donald Trump’s desire to deport illegal immigrants. Homan, who is tough on immigration, was picked by Trump to run ICE.
Homan pointed out that in April 2017, illegal border crossings were at a 17-year low. He credited the decline largely to President Trump’s attempts to protect the border.