Voters need to make their voices heard if they want to repeal sanctuary city policies, former Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director and Fox News contributor Tom Homan said Wednesday.
Tim Robbins, ICE’s top deportation official, told Congress on Tuesday that as many as 100 criminal illegal immigrants are being released into the Los Angeles, Calif., area every day.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, Homan said that while the statistics are sobering, the California Sheriff’s Association has come out against 2018 California Senate Bill 54 (SB54), which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources on behalf of federal immigration enforcement agencies.
ICE was getting 75 to 100 deportable migrants per day from area jails in 2018, but that number has dwindled to fewer than five, Homan stated.
“This sheriff in L.A. County: he’s on the outside looking in. So, he’s even walked away from his own organization on this,” Homan said.
While some argue that sanctuary policies are “protecting” the immigrant community, Homan said that criminal illegal immigrants are a threat to those communities.
“This sheriff is taking a political stance. He forgot the oath he’s taken. He stopped being a cop, [he] became a politician, because he’s not protecting these communities as much as he could,” he told Kilmeade.
Some members of Congress want to pass legislation to make cooperation with ICE mandatory — with the threat of losing federal money for those agencies that refuse.