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Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said he believes politicians in so-called "sanctuary cities" should be arrested and charged with crimes.
He added that they should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants.
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The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling unauthorized immigrants.
He said he has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law. He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally.
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"I think it's terrible. You've got the state of California that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety," Homan said. "What they've done is forced my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes and places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail. It's ridiculous."
Homan was referring to jurisdictions, such as California, that refuse to honor ICE requests to detain suspected unauthorized immigrants past their scheduled jail release dates. The ICE requests, known as detainers, are not legally binding documents because they are not issued by judges.
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