The acting ICE director has vowed to send extra agents to target undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. He is expected to face resistance as mayors and local law enforcement in these cities have previously refused to cooperate with the feds.
ICE Director Thomas Homan said he thinks sanctuary cities like New York and San Francisco are “ludicrous” and plans to direct extra agents to those areas, reported The Washington Examiner.
“What I want to get to is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open for business,” Homan said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently traveled to Philadelphia, one of the nation’s biggest sanctuary cities, to try to bully local government into making them cooperate with federal immigration policies. He said such cities “aren’t giving sanctuary to law-abiding people but criminals.”
He also said Philadelphia should “reconsider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens,” even though Philadelphia is protecting their citizens from the harm Sessions wishes upon them.
The exact date of the troop surge is still unknown, and is dependent on funding.
ICE currently has more than 20,000 employees in 400 offices across the country as well as agents in 46 countries. President Trump has said he wants to add another 10,000 ICE troops.
The crackdown on sanctuary cities is consistent with Trump’s campaign promise. Without evidence, members of his administration have repeatedly tried to link violent crime to illegal immigration , though mayors of sanctuary cities across the country have called out the anti-immigrant lies.
“Actually, cities like Austin (Texas) are safer and have better economies,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “ICE should be figuring out why that’s true and applying those lessons.”
There are an estimated 200 to 608 local and state governments with some sort of sanctuary policy in place – however, their degree of cooperation varies. Some work with federal authorities on felony convictions while others only comply in civil investigations, reported Fox News.
The Trump administration has attempted to bully some jurisdictions into dropping their sanctuary policies by threatening to cut millions in funding.
Late Thursday, a San Francisco federal judge refused to reinstate Trump’s sanctuary cities order, which sought to slash funding to cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The ruling is the latest turn in the heated battle between the Trump administration and local governments pushing back on the policies.
Sessions has said that sanctuary cities like Philadelphia are violating the supremacy clause of the U.S .Constitution by limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
(Article By James Carter)