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ICE’s Chief: Sanctuary Cities Put Politics Over Public Safety

by Jack Davis

Four of America’s largest cities have made politics more important than public safety, the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a recent interview.

“The street cops that I talk to want to help,” ICE Director Thomas D. Homan told the Washington Examiner last month. “It’s the politicians who want to make this a political game. It’s not a political game. This is a matter of public safety and life and death we shouldn’t be playing politics with this.”

Homan said that New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco are the nation’s worst sanctuary cities.

“In the last year, I’ve read all these stories of how the crime rate has exploded in Chicago, and the president’s trying to help them. We’re stepping up our game in Chicago. Is Chicago doing everything that it can to decrease the criminal activity up there? I say no,” Homan said.

“I say no because if you’re an illegal alien, and you get arrested in the United States for a crime, and you get booked in Cook County, Chicago, my officers aren’t allowed in the jail. They don’t accept our detainers. They don’t share information with us,” he added.

Homan said that by providing criminals with sanctuary, they will simply commit more crimes.

“Why would Cook County not want my officers, federal law enforcement officers, to go talk to somebody who is illegally in the United States that committed yet another crime against the citizens of this country? It’s ludicrous,” he said.

But, the one-time Border Patrol agent said, “They’re a sanctuary city, they’re proud of it.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that Chicago will not bend on its sanctuary policies and will sue the Trump administration, which has said cities that don’t comply with federal immigration rules won’t be eligible for federal grants.

The Justice Department has fought back against Chicago.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Homan noted that Chicago is not alone. San Francisco, where Kate Steinle was shot to death in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times, has forgotten her story. As for New York City, he said the lesson of 9/11 was lost on The Big Apple.

“Let’s talk about New York City, the site of the most horrific terrorist event in this nation’s history, and they don’t accept our detainers,” he said.

“These jurisdictions, these cities, are choosing to shield people who violated the laws of this country that committed a crime against this country; they’re going to shield them. So, what’s next? Sanctuary cities for people who don’t want to pay their taxes?” he asked.

Homan said that sanctuary cities do not help this country.

“Sanctuary cities, in my opinion, are un-American,” he said.

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