The former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director (ICE) is applauding Florida lawmakers for making moves to ban sanctuary cities.
“God bless the state of Florida,” Tom Homan responded to news that Florida lawmakers passed a bill to ban sanctuary-city policies and sent it off to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for his signature on Thursday during Saturday’s “Fox & Friends.”
Although Alachua County is the only existing sanctuary city in the state, the bill would require “state entities, local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”
It would also prohibit “restrictions by the entities and agencies on taking certain actions with respect to information regarding a person’s immigration status.”
The former acting ICE director praised the “great patriots who believe in the rule of law” and who “didn’t bow to the open border advocates.”
Homan blasted such advocates for their “false narrative” that “we have some sort of cities so victims and witnesses of crime feel free to report crime.” He countered saying “ICE only wants access to the county jail.”
“Releasing a public safety threat back into the public when he can [be] removed from the country, it’s just stupid,” Homan said, urging sanctuary state’s to follow in Florida’s footsteps.
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DeSantis has expressed support for the sanctuary-cities-banning bill, saying in a statement, “Local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state.”
“We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement,” DeSantis tweeted on Thursday.
I thank the Florida Legislature for presenting me with a bill that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida. We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 2, 2019
The bill’s passage comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s threat to release illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities “due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws,” he tweeted last month.
Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Experts have argued there is a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border amid skyrocketing immigration apprehensions, more of which happened in the first half of the fiscal year 2019 than the entirety of the fiscal year 2018, as IJR Red reported.