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Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan answered questions prior to the White House press briefing, telling reporters "we've got to enforce the laws."

A reporter asked Homan about Trump's assertion that illegal alien gang members are "animals" and whether that rhetoric is helpful.

"Criminal aliens are a threat not only to the public safety but to national security," Homan responded.

"We've got to enforce the laws," he said.

Homan said that sanctuary cities are essentially advertisements for illegal immigrant smugglers to concentrate delivery of their human cargo.

He said that by allowing sanctuary cities to exist, and to fail to properly enforce the border crossing laws, "we are bankrolling these criminal organizations."

Homan also said the same passages and crossings used to smuggle people into the country are used to traffic drugs and weapons.

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