Prankster Sign Underscores Lunacy of New California Sanctuary Law

ICE Director Thomas Homan Calls For Arrest of Politicians in Sanctuary Cities

Thomas Homan, the ICE acting director, told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday that he believes "sanctuary cities are violating federal law".

In a discussion that focused on California, which Gov. Because if you think ICE is going away, we're not.

The debate over the policies pits those who argue sanctuary policies offer protection to hoodlums against those who say they provide a sense of safety that encourages undocumented residents to report crimes.

A de Blasio spokesman ripped Homan and said he didn't understand the policies of sanctuary cities. For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access, that is, in my opinion, a violation of 8 U.S.C. 1324, that's an alien smuggling statue.

The Trump administration has repeatedly criticised sanctuary city policies, which allow local police and authorities to exercise discretion in response to federal immigration detainer requests when it comes to non-violent offenders. Nevertheless, Homan said ICE will respond to the law by "significantly" increasing the number of deportation officers in the state: "California better hold on tight".

A California Department of Transportation worker removes a "sanctuary state" sign Monday from the San Bernardino county line on Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border.

Mr Homan continued on to say that California Governor Jerry Brown, who signed a state-wide sanctuary bill previous year, should expect more immigration agents in his state. Jerry Brown. Sanctuary cities, though not legally defined, limit the situations in which local law enforcement cooperates with federal immigration agents.




"We've got to take these sanctuary cities on, we've got to take them to court and we've got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes", Homan said in a Fox News interview.

Despite Travis County becoming a lightning rod a year ago over the new sheriff's policies limiting cooperation with ICE agents, Homan's threats have little applicability in Travis County while state Senate Bill 4 remains on the books.

If they're arrested and a background check shows a conviction for any one of the hundreds of offenses listed in the law, including many serious felonies - rape, murder, robbery - then law enforcement can notify ICE about the person's release date and when the day comes, they can transfer that person into ICE custody.

He continued: "What I'm also doing is working with the Department of Justice".

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent detains a convicted criminal alien in Los Angeles, Calif., on October 14, 2015. Homan said the law puts his officers at risk by forcing them to arrest "dangerous criminals on their turf".

SB-54 bans state and local law enforcement officers from asking the immigration status of anyone during a routine stop, and they are prohibited from arresting illegal aliens based on civil immigration warrants.

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