ICE Adding 10,000 More Agents to Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

From Fox News Insider, 7-19-17:

The acting ICE director unveiled new plans to crack down on sanctuary cities, including the hiring of 10,000 more agents.

Thomas Homan told the Washington Examiner that he sees sanctuary cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Chicago as “ludicrous” and plans to direct the extra agents to those areas.

“In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,” he said.

Homan blasted state and local authorities who do not cooperate with ICE’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants after they’re arrested. He said the strategy makes it more dangerous for ICE agents, who then must try to track down the suspects on the streets.

He said ICE will continue to place the higher priority on criminal aliens and those who represent a threat to the community.

Speaking to Neil Cavuto last week, Homan said those who cross the border illegally can no longer assume no one is looking for them.

“President Trump basically told us you can now do your job, you will enforce laws on your books. There’s no population of alien that’s off the table anymore and we’ve been waiting on that for a decade now,” said Homan.

Meantime, engineers have begun drilling and taking soil samples in preparation for construction of President Trump’s promised border wall in southwestern states.

The Department of Homeland Security is focusing on the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley as the highest priority areas for the wall.


Adding 10,000 new agents may seem a bit excessive, but when you consider that there are upwards of 10 million illegal immigrants in the US, it puts it more in perspective.

The sanctuary city policies create more fear in immigrants by forcing agents to hunt down fugitives at their homes or work. So if those cities really want to tamp down the fear in the immigrant community they would want the ICE agents coming to their jails. But then it’s not really about tamping down their fear, it’s about defying Trump, so here we are adding on more agents that cost us all money.

In this instance, however, this could be money well spent. Evidently news of the crackdowns is making its way south, because National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said on Monday that illegal crossings were already down in the spring but the Border Patrol estimates that it’s now been cut nearly in half, registering only 53% as many crossings as in the same period last year.

It is ludicrous for cities to shield people who have broken the law, but having fewer people to process at the border will offset at least a small portion of the costs incurred by the sanctuary cities’ lack of cooperation.  After eight years of having their hands tied, ICE and the Border Patrol have the green light to do their job. Go get ’em boys.



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8 replies

  1. Like curtmilr, I don’t like expanding the number of government employees either, but I can’t think of a better reason for doing it. Super-saturating the “sanctuary” cities with ICE agents is one way to expose that concept for just what you described – not really an immigration issue per se, but one of thumbing their noses at Trump. Not so many years ago, it would have been unthinkable for American cities to be encouraging illegal aliens in any way – just look at where the liberals have taken us – again. Those “sanctuary” cities are rewarding illegals by protecting them – if that isn’t unAmerican, what is?


    • From what I understand the BP has been understaffed for a while now, so if that’s what it takes to clean up those sanctuary cities, then I have no problem with it. The places to cut back on employees is in departments like the EPA, Pentagon, and the State Department, which they’ve already started. They need to make more efficient use of their manpower, government-wide.


  2. This is an unworkable idea as there aren’t qualified candidates to do the job. See the MN policeman who killed the woman in her pajamas.

    The best and the brightest??? NOT!

    I’m all for ending sanctuary cities, but not by GROWING government! And they’ll get civil service job security and pensions!


    • Nobody likes to see government get bigger, but we don’t really know how many illegals are here because the government has been using the same head count for years. It’s probably many millions over what they’re telling us, and to deal with that, we need more manpower.

      I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that they’re not trained – did you read that elsewhere? Because it’s not mentioned in this piece, and I can’t imagine ICE putting untrained guys out there.


      • The ones they hire will get trained, just like the Hijab wearing Muslims screening passengers for TSA.

        But I did read that they were unable to fill their CURRENT roles for hiring, not counting an added 10,000.

        Again look at the MN cop who shot the lady in PJs. He was already under disciplinary review, but they used him because they needed bodies.

        I want ALL illegals out of here too! And no sanctuary cities either!!


      • The MPD was only too happy to add Mohammed to their team – he added diversity, which they’re finding out now, wasn’t such a good idea after all.

        If the Border Patrol can’t even fill the current quota of employees, then we won’t have to worry about those additional agents they plan to hire. Maybe Homan intentionally left out of his statement that the additional hiring would be over the next 5 or whatever years.


  3. That’s good news, Kathy. Anything they can do stop the illegals is fine by me, and it’s money well-spent.


    • Agreed, CW, it’s far better to spend money on more agents than it is to spend it on sustaining more illegals. And just think – the incoming ones have already slowed down and we haven’t even started on the wall yet.


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