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Acting ICE Director Wants Politicians in Sanctuary Cities Charged

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants the Justice Department to prosecute mayors and other political leaders in sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. That means many local leaders could be targeted. Chris Glorioso has reaction from New Jersey.

(Published Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018)

The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes.

Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding.

After repeatedly calling on Congress to solve the immigration problem, President Donald Trump now wants lawmakers to delay immigration reform until after the midterm elections in November. 

(Published Friday, June 22, 2018)

Politicians should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally, he said.

Homan added, "We've got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes."

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly vowed to withhold federal money from localities that refuse to give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Homan's comments on Fox News followed his criticism of California's new sanctuary state law, which kicked in Jan. 1 and gives greater protections for immigrants living in the state illegally. It limits cooperation between local law enforcement and U.S. immigration authorities.

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(Published Friday, June 22, 2018)

The measure, which was widely backed by Democrats, bars police from asking people about their immigration status, but jail officials can work with federal authorities in some cases.

"I think it's terrible," Homan said of the law. "You have a state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of offshore safety."

He vowed to "significantly increase" enforcement in the state.

"If the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will," he said.

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