He said he would, and now he is.
President Trump ruffled liberal feathers when he claimed that Mexico sends its worse to America, “bad hombres,” “rapists,” Trump said.
But the latest numbers released this week show that not only is the Trump administration enforcing the actual law on the books — which makes it illegal to sneak into the United States — but the stats show nearly 75 percent of those arrested are criminals.
Thomas Homan, acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, says his team is keying on illegal aliens with criminal records. But he also says that sneaking into the U.S. is illegal, too.
Both the Washington Post and USA Today, two liberal newspapers, noted high up in their stories on the new numbers that there was a high increase in the number of those arrested “without a criminal record..”
“The data show that the biggest jump in arrests involved undocumented immigrants without a criminal record, a 156% increase from last year,” USA Today said.”Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to nearly 11,000, the fastest-growing category by far,” the Post said. The D.C. paper also said this: “Advocates for undocumented immigrants say the numbers will add to the fears of longtime and otherwise law-abiding residents who felt spared from deportation under the Obama administration.”
But Homan said that is just as it should be. “I get asked a lot why we arrest somebody that’s not a criminal,” Homan said. “Those who do enter the country illegally, they do violate the law, that is a criminal act.”
And he added: “Will the number of noncriminal arrests and removals increase this year? Absolutely. That’s enforcing the laws that are on the books.”
USA Today explained the difference between Trump and former president Barack Obama. “Under Obama, undocumented immigrants had to be a gang member, convicted of a felony, or convicted of several misdemeanors to be deemed a deportation priority. Under Trump, undocumented immigrants simply have to be arrested for a crime — not convicted — to become a priority. Trump also allowed ICE agents to focus on undocumented immigrants who they deem to be a ‘risk to public safety or national security.’ ”
Homan explained that ICE is simply doing its job according to the law.
“The men and women of ICE are law-enforcement officers sworn to enforce the law,” Homan said. “And that’s what we’re going to do, and we’re not going to apologize for it.”