Deporting illegal aliens is key to making America safe again. The Trump administration wants to go a step further. According to Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that her Department is preparing to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities.
On Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that DHS had spoken to the Department of Justice to see if they would be able to level criminal charges against representatives of sanctuary cities who failed to cooperate with the deportation of illegal immigrants in their cities. Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.
This isn’t the first time calls for arresting leaders of sanctuary cities have been made.
The move follows the Justice Department issuing a “final warning,” to various sanctuary cities around the country. Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are on the Justice Department’s hit list for failing to enforce federal immigration laws.
Homan repeated that demand in an interview with Fox News earlier this year, setting off a firestorm of criticism.
President Trump used the Kate Steinle case to push his immigration plan, and named her along with several other victims of violent crimes by illegal aliens when he created the “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” Office in ICE.