Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan slammed California for its "sanctuary city" policies that went into effect Jan. 1.
Here's the interview from Fox News:
Here's what he said:
"Well look, if he thinks he's protecting the immigrant community, he's doing quite the opposite, because if you think ICE is going away, we're not," Homan said of California Gov. Jerry Brown.
"There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement, as a matter of fact, we're in the process now. I'm going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California," he explained. "We're already doing it. We're going to detail additional enforcement assets to California."
"California better hold on tight — they're about to see a lot more special agents," he added. "A lot more deportation orders in the state of California."
"If the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will."
Homan went on to claim that the "street cops" in California are completely against the sanctuary state law, and offered an example of an illegal immigrant that committed murder after a city ignored a detention request from ICE.
"We're gonna be all over the place, and we're going to enforce the law without apology," he continued.
"What I'm also doing is working with the Department of Justice — with these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access," he added. Tthat is in my opinion, of 8 USC 1314, that's an alien smuggling statute. I've asked the Department of Justice to look at this."
"Are these sanctuary cities? Can we hold them accountable? Are they violating federal law?" he asked. "So there's more to come on that."