* From the Jeanne Ives campaign…
California Governor Jerry Brown, one of the most liberal Governors in the nation, has found a political role model in Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Brown recently followed Rauner’s lead, allowing a sanctuary state law to take effect in California this week.
In an interview with Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan called the choice “a political decision. Not a law enforcement decision.” Homan said Brown “knowingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk. It put American communities at risk.” Homan went on to say, “If [Brown] thinks he is protecting the immigrant community, he is doing quite the opposite. If he thinks ICE is going away, we’re not. As a matter of fact, we’re going to significantly increase our presence… If politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, ICE will.”
State Representative Jeanne Ives, a Republican Candidate for Governor, released the following statement in response:
“Mr. Homan’s comments could very easily apply to Illinois, which Governor Rauner made a sanctuary state by signing SB31 last year. Sanctuary policies make all of us less safe. Liberal elites, like Jerry Brown and Bruce Rauner, are very cavalier with the lives of other people. They use people as the means to their political ends. Brown and Rauner believe they are above the law. And, therefore, believe they can decide who has to follow it and who does not. I will lead the charge against the pandering political class.
“2017 ended with nearly 3,400 shootings and almost 650 homicides in the city of Chicago alone. As leaders, we should be focused on protecting families, not criminals. Governor Rauner betrayed law-abiding families in favor of political pandering.
“I’m a pro-legal-immigration conservative. America as a beacon of freedom and opportunity for people the world over is a good thing and should be maintained. But we cannot be without the rule of law.
“Sanctuary state protects those who violate the law at the expense of those who follow the law. It pits law enforcement agencies against one another rather than encouraging cooperation in the interests of making communities safer. Governor Rauner’s sanctuary state policy should be repealed. As Gov, I won’t pretend not to be in charge. I will lead this charge to protect our citizens. With Republican colleagues like John Cabello, who has introduced a repeal of the inanely named Trust Act, and downstate Democrats, we will repeal this extreme and dangerous policy.
“I won’t pretend not to be in charge.” Man, that silly statement is gonna haunt him until November.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes.
Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding.
He also says politicians should be held “personally accountable” for crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally.
Homan said, “We’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”
* Illinois ACLU: Trust Act not a substitute for Bloomington ‘welcoming city’ ordinance