This week brought the issue of immigration center stage, from controversial comments from President Trump, to movement on a plan to tackle DACA, to sweeping immigration raids of 7-11 stores by ICE agents. The action was taken in 98 stories in 17 states, and led to 21 arrests.
Tom Homan, Acting Director for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in an interview Friday this is just the beginning of a more aggressive strategy cracking down on illegal immigrant workers and their employees.
“One of the main reasons people come here it to get a job. It’s illegal to get a job if you’re in the country illegally. It’s illegal to hire an illegal alien and I’m going to enforce the law. That’s my job,” Homan said.
He said his agency finally has the resources to do, crediting President Trump for making tough enforcement more of a priority and citing numbers from the Department of Homeland Security, which tallied more than 143,000 administrative arrests and removals in 2017, a 40% increase from the same time last year. This is in addition to a 25% decrease in illegal border crossers.
One of the biggest issues for ICE is with so-called sanctuary cities which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities. Homan said he’s just asked the Department of Justice to get involved to see if legal action can be taken against these cities.
“Are they violating the statute that says they must share their information with us? Are they violating the federal statute of concealing, harboring illegal aliens from federal law enforcement?”
Homan said these are questions he wants answered.