ICE Director Hits Back at California Dems: 'I'm Enforcing Laws That They Enacted'
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan responded Wednesday to criticism from California's Democratic senators, who expressed concern over his agency's increased enforcement of immigration laws in the Golden State.
In a letter last month, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris wrote:
We write to request we be immediately briefed on the troubling reports that ICE is targeting raids in California. Please ensure we are provided with a full accounting of how ICE raids are being prioritized and conducted, including all relevant documents, memorandums, and email exchanges regarding these raids in California.
We firmly believe that law enforcement must prioritize dangerous criminals, not undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety. Diverting resources in an effort to punish California and score political points is an abhorrent abuse of power, not to mention a terrible misuse of scarce resources.
The senators took particular issue with an interview by Homan on Fox News in which he said California "better hold on tight” after the sanctuary state law went into effect.
Homan said if Feinstein and Harris are worried about his "scarce resources," then they should direct local officials to cooperate when criminal aliens are in detention at county jails.
He said by failing to keep criminal aliens in custody, state and local officials are making it more dangerous for ICE agents, who then have to go looking for the offenders.
"I didn't think these senators were in the business of enacting laws they didn't want enforced. I'm enforcing the laws they enacted," said Homan, pushing back on the narrative that ICE is conducting indiscriminate "raids" targeting minorities.
"We don't conduct raids. We conduct targeted enforcement operations. We don't go into neighborhoods, knocking on a bunch of doors, looking for people that are different than us."
He said the operations are based on intelligence and investigative work designed to find criminal illegal immigrants. Homan said the argument that sanctuary cities protect the immigrant community "could not be further from the truth."
Watch the full interview above.