ICE Director: California Better “Hold on Tight” as Tighter Enforcement Efforts Coming



Days after it officially became the first sanctuary state in the nation, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan sternly advised California to “hold on tight” and prepare for a significant increase in enforcement efforts in the state.

“If [California Gov. Jerry Brown] thinks he’s protecting immigrant communities, he’s doing quite the opposite because if he thinks ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. 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,” Homan said in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

Homan, who was officially tapped to serve as ICE director last November, said Brown put his officers at risk when he signed legislation last October making California a sanctuary state.

“I think it’s terrible–you got the state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety. What they have done is forced my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes and places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail. It’s ridiculous to annoyingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk,” he said.

The acting director told Fox News he would be speaking with officials at the Justice Department about which avenues to pursue to withhold funds from sanctuary jurisdictions or taking them to court.

And, he added, “we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”

According to Homan, of the criminal aliens who are released, at least 50 percent will likely reoffend within a year and 75 percent will reoffend within five years.

Brown is not the only politician to come under fire from ICE officials. The end-of-year announcement by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he had granted clemency 18 criminal aliens facing deportation drew the ire of Thomas Decker, New York field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

“While the governor’s pardons appear to be yet another politically driven attempt to circumvent federal immigration law, whether or not they actually have any legal effect on individual immigration cases will be reviewed by ICE,” Decker said in a statement on Jan. 1, according to the Epoch Times.

“For aliens who remain subject to final orders of removal under federal law, ICE will execute those lawful orders,” Decker reassured the public.

President Trump made clear on January 25, 2017 when he signed Executive Order 13,768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (EO), that immigration enforcement and removal were priorities for his administration and ICE has set forth to implement the policy on the ground.

According to its annual overview, in FY2017, ICE ERO conducted 143,470 overall administrative arrests, of which 92 percent had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were processed with a reinstated final order. In FY2017, ICE conducted 226,119 removals. While this is a slight overall decrease from the prior fiscal year, the proportion of removals resulting from ICE arrests increased from 65,332, or 27 percent of total removals in FY2016 to 81,603, or 36 percent of total removals, in FY2017.

If Homan is confirmed, it is likely enforcement actions will increase and so too will the tensions with sanctuary politicians.

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    Sanctuary corruption: highest form of treason against our nation’s sovereignty.

    Anyone who holds public office who is protecting illegal invaders is guilty of many crimes:

    Definition of Mutiny or Sedition From Article 94 Section 894 (2) with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of lawful civil authority, creates, in concert with any other person, revolt, violence, or other disturbance against that authority is guilty of sedition; Some of these liberals are getting mighty close to the definition of Sedition in part 2.

    Illegal immigration is the illegal entry of a person or a group of persons across a country’s border, in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country, with the intention to remain in the country.

    Aiding and abetting is a legal doctrine related to the guilt of someone who aids or abets in the commission of a crime. It exists in a number of different countries and generally allows a court to pronounce someone guilty for aiding and abetting in a crime even if they are not the principal offender.

    Human Trafficking:
    the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial.

    Inciting criminal behavior:
    The offence overlaps the offences of counselling or procuring as an accessory. Indeed, in the early case of R v Higgins incitement was defined as being committed when one person counsels, procures or commands another to commit a crime, whether or not that person commits the crime.

    Malfeasance:
    the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust). Compare misfeasance (def 2), nonfeasance. Origin of malfeasance.

    Encouraging or assisting a crime is itself a crime in English law, by virtue of the Serious Crime Act 2007. It is one of the inchoate offences of English.

    Criminal embezzlement of tax dollars:
    1. theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belonging to one’s employer.”charges of fraud and embezzlement
    2. misappropriation, theft, stealing, robbery, thieving, pilfering, purloining, pilferage, appropriation, swindling; fraud, larceny”four corporate managers were indicted for embezzlement”

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    Our jobs and resources and treasury do not belong to Mexico or any foreign nation period.

    Let’s get to the heart of the problem Mexico is guilty of human trafficking, drug running (which is killing Americans and devastating their families) and stealing our resources and our treasury period.

    It does effect every aspect of American legal citizens and legal immigrants lives period. It effects healthcare, education, our natural resources, our streets, our parks, our food supply, our energy supplies, welfare, food stamps, our courts, our prisons, jails, law enforcement, crime . It has a massive chain reaction nobody wants to admit. It effects us all. All Americans suffer because of illegal immigration. Lost wages. Lost jobs. Lost benefits. The cost of illegal immigration and not enforcing the laws of this land is a huge burden on this nation. It is not our job to take care of the entire world even though this nation has given and given and given.

    This has never been immigration to improve their lives. This has been an invasion to overthrow the nation we built. Let’s get real. They come here for years. Are quiet. Then they start marching in our streets, demanding their way. Americans are not stupid.

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      I think Americans are very naive as to the fact that many, many of these immigrants, in fact, hate us. Lost jobs and wages equals Americans reduced to homelessness, literally trying to survive in the streets. Wake up, Americans, these haters LOVE seeing Americans in the streets. Grow up, Americans, not everyone is our friend.