Acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Homan, took to Fox & Friends on Monday to talk about President Donald Trump’s commitment to protecting American citizens and defending the U.S. border.
“I’ve been doing this for 34 years. These criminal aliens, they victimize the very communities they live in too,” Homan told the panel.
Homan also made clear that illegal immigrants who engage in criminal activity aren’t just harming the societies they illegally enter into — they are harming the immigrant communities from which they came.
“These immigrant communities, they don’t want criminals in their streets either,” Homan continued.
“And as far as push back on this president, let me tell you something, under this president — this president has done more for border security and public safety than any of the six presidents I’ve worked for.”
During the segment, Homan also spoke on the not-guilty verdict that was reached in the Kate Steinle murder trial on Nov. 30.
According to Fox News Insider, Homan said he was “sickened” and “stunned” by the jury’s decision to acquit illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges in Steinle’s death.
As reported by The Western Journal, Steinle was walking on a San Francisco pier with her father when a stray bullet ricocheted off of the pier and fatally struck her in 2015. The fatal shot was fired from a gun that Zarate was holding.
“This isn’t the America I grew up in,” Homan told Fox & Friends.
“For a city to knowingly release a public safety threat back into the public is just ridiculous,” he added.
After it was discovered that Zarate had been deported back to Mexico five times prior to Steinle’s death, a firestorm over the safety of sanctuary cities erupted.
Homan has been one of the most vocal critics opposing sanctuary cities.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions pose a threat to the American public by refusing to work with ICE and allowing egregious criminal offenders back into the community to put the lives of the public at risk,” Homan said in June, according to Newsweek.
As reported by The Dallas Morning News, Homan was the acting director of the customs enforcement agency since January 2017 when Obama appointee Sarah Saldaña stepped down from the position as Trump took office.
Trump announced Homan as the permanent director of ICE in November by way of a formal notice sent to the Senate.
However, Trump’s selection is subject to Senate approval, and until that final decision is made, Homan remains classified as the acting director.
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