Immigration agency director Homan's statement came following California's declaration that it is a "sanctuary state"
Acting director of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Thomas Homan, has called for the indictment of politicians who govern sanctuary cities for their refusal to cooperate with federal authorities.
In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Homan said that leaders of these municipalities should be held “personally accountable” for crimes committed by people who are here illegally.
“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Homan said.
Homan’s statement came after California officially became a “sanctuary state” on Monday, a policy endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown. Under the new law, police will not be allowed to inquire as to citizenship status, or participate in ICE actions. Homan criticized the new law, insisting that California’s sanctuary status will put officers at greater risk.
“I think it’s terrible–you got the state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety. What they have done is forced my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes and places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail,” Homan complained. “It’s ridiculous to annoyingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk.”