Thursday, February 1, 2018
News reports make it sound like the current acting director of ICE is reading from the same immigration playbook as President Trump. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan yesterday blasted Congress for its decades-long failure to fix the root causes of illegal immigration, and warned against a "clean" Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program bill without border security measures. "If we get a clean DACA bill, shame on all of us. You can’t address DACA and reward people that brought children here illegally and not address underlying reasons of DACA," Homan told around 200 ICE officers, Border Patrol agents, and Department of Homeland Security officials in San Antonio at the Border Security Expo.
"Sanctuary cities, end them. Detainers, legislate them. TVPRA, change it," he said of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. "Asylum, raise the bar. We have the knowledge to fix it, but you know what we need is the willpower of Congress ... I've been doing this 34 years, we’re talking about the same thing every year." In a passionate 40-minute speech, a red-faced Homan told officers he will never stop defending his 20,000 employees from politicians and reporters who criticize the agency.