(National Sentinel)Â Illegal immigration: One of President Donald J. Trump’s most underreported successes thus far has been his commitment to enforcing all immigration laws — a commitment that has led toÂ dramatic reductions in illegal border crossings after just six months in the White House.
Now, his administration plans to build on that success in what will likely become a showdown with far-Left “sanctuary cities” that, until now, have provided a haven for illegal aliens that has largely been unchallenged by the federal government.
As reported by theÂ Washington Examiner,Â Trump received high praise from his Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief,Â who also declared on Tuesday that his agency was readying a “sanctuary” crackdown that will roil deep blue metropolises:
Empowered by a president who has “taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement,” the nation’s chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he’s planning to deploy more agents and resources to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal criminals.
Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview that since Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, “an historic low,” arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent.
“You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they’ve had,” said Homan, the former chief ICE enforcement boss and a 30-year immigration agency veteran.
He also noted that the Trump administration’s change in immigration enforcement has been radical, but extremely welcome. “You’d think everybody would be celebrating these policies,” he told the news site.
Some definitely are — especially Border Patrol and ICE agents who signed on the respective agencies for this specific purpose.Â “Now they have meaning to their jobs,” said Homan. “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”
The massive drop-off in illegal crossings has freed up ICE and Border Patrol to do more enforcement within the country — hence the upcoming sanctuary city crackdown, as theÂ Washington Examiner noted further:
A key target are the 300-plus sanctuary cities and counties that do not cooperate with ICE and ignore requests that they detail criminal illegals for ICE arrest and deportation proceedings.
Calling that “ludicrous,” Homan added: “In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law.”
The strategy: Homan said he’s been given the green light to hire an additional 10,000 agents, whom he will use in the coming months and years to ‘flood’ sanctuary cities.Â “The president recognizes that you’ve got to have a true interior enforcement strategy to make it uncomfortable for them,” he told The WE.
He heavily criticized cities like Chicago, San Francisco and New York City for their refusal to allow ICE agents to pick up illegal aliens even in jail. He said it’s much safer for agents (and American citizens) to doÂ that than to make arrests on the streets.
In any event, the Trump crackdown on illegal immigration continues, but this latest effort will most certainly generate no small amount of push-back from liberal city administrators and mayors, legally and otherwise, setting up what is sure to be another showdown with Trump’s Washington.
Nevertheless, this prediction: The effort at bolstering internal enforcement will have the same effect bolsteringÂ border enforcement has had. As more and more people south of the border have decided it’s not worth paying thousands of dollars to a smuggler only to risk being caught and sent back home (or jailed), the effect of dramatically bolstering internal enforcement will result in illegal alien flightÂ out of sanctuary cities and back across the border.
Either way, Trump’s America wins, as does the rule of law.