Tom Homan, the fiery former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), tore into California’s government after one of its police officers died at the hands of a suspected illegal immigrant.
As IJR previously noted, an illegal immigrant allegedly shot and killed Cpl. Ronil Singh during a traffic stop on Wednesday.
— CHP – Alerts (@CHPAlerts) December 26, 2018
The event even caught President Donald Trump’s attention, prompting him to call for tougher border security:
There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2018
While appearing on Fox News, Homan said that while he wasn’t sure what role the absence of a border wall played in that particular incident, California brought crimes like this upon itself with its sanctuary laws:
“California provided him sanctuary. So let’s talk about that first. California is a sanctuary state. Governor [Jerry] Brown is proud of that […] When you have the attorney general of the state of California doing news conferences and threatening employers, ‘Don’t work with ICE during worksite enforcement operation[s];’ when you have a sanctuary law, it’s not a coincidence that California has the highest population of illegal aliens in that state.”
Watch his remarks below:
Homan predicted incidents like Wednesday’s would continue to happen as long as local officials like Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf continued hampering federal immigration enforcement efforts.
Homan’s comments came amid a crisis at the southern border, where thousands of migrants tried entering the country. Because the president and Congressional Democrats have failed to compromise on the issue, the government once again entered a partial shutdown.
In a statement on Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen harped on the problems created by an immigration system that incentivizes illegal immigration:
“This changing dynamic is the direct result of obvious draw factors: an immigration system that rewards parents for sending their children across the border alone, a system that prevents parents who bring their children on a dangerous and illegal journey from facing consequences for their actions, an asylum process that is not able to quickly help those who qualify for asylum, a system that encourages fraudulent claims, and a system that encourages bad actors to coach aliens into making frivolous claims. The bottom line is that 9 out 10 asylum claims are rejected by a federal immigration judge.”
While appearing on Fox, Homan defended Nielsen, whom he said was doing a “fabulous job.” He instead pointed to the ninth circuit and Congressional inaction, which he said incentivizes illegal immigration through a system whereby federal authorities can’t hold illegal immigrant families for an extended period.
“People are dying because of their inaction,” he said of Congressional Democrats.