'This Is Anti-Trump': Homan Hits Back at Atlanta Mayor for Ending Ties With ICE
Tom Homan said Saturday on Fox & Friends that the decision by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to stop the city's jail from receiving people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is in opposition to the president and his administration.
Bottoms signed an executive order on Thursday to permanently stop the city jail from receiving the detainees and requested that ICE officials transfer current detainees from the city's detention center as soon as possible.
Homan, ICE's former acting director and a Fox News contributor, said that Bottoms was "horrified" by family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, which led to her decision.
"This is anti-Trump, anti-administration," he said. "Her first reason for wanting ICE out of the facility is that she was horrified by the family separation situation on the border. That was a different agency ... She needs to get her agency straight and who to blame for what issue."
Bottoms' decision comes months after she signed a separate order that blocked the city jail from accepting any new ICE detainees amid enforcement of President Trump's “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
"It is untenable for our city to be complicit in the inhumane immigration policies that have led to the separation of hundreds of families at the United States southern border,” Bottoms said in a statement.
Atlanta has permanently ended its acceptance of ICE detainees and will immediately transfer all those remaining out of our City jail. We will not be complicit in an immigration policy that intentionally inflicts misery on vulnerable populations. Read Here: https://t.co/fdP46uXTee pic.twitter.com/Oe0JrdeGZ2
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) September 6, 2018
Homan said on Saturday that Bottoms is just trying to grandstand for her political future.
"This all comes down to resistance," he said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that there were 205 ICE detainees in the Atlanta City Detention Center in June, and that number decreased to just five as last week.
Watch the segment above.