Homan, who was announced in December as President Trump's pick to permanently run the agency, went on to say that politicians enforcing sanctuary city policies need to be held "personally accountable".
Mr Homan continued on to say that California Governor Jerry Brown, who signed a state-wide sanctuary bill past year, should expect more immigration agents in his state.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is criticizing California's new "sanctuary state" law. As the interview wrapped up, he added, "We gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes".
Steinberg was a large proponent of strengthening Sacramento as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants and couldn't believe what he was hearing. Seth Stein, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, called the comments "unhinged and misinformed" in a statement sent to Mother Jones. For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access, that is, in my opinion, a violation of 8 U.S.C. 1324, that's an alien smuggling statue. "There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement".
"If he thinks ICE is going away, we're not", Homan said. The protective actions of sanctuary cities take many forms, from forbidding police to pose questions about a citizen's immigration status to refusing federal detention requests. Senate Bill 223, which never advanced out of the Judiciary Committee, would have prevented state and local officers from participating in immigration enforcement.
The raw nerve here was California's passage last year of a landmark "sanctuary state" law, an add-on to the sanctuary-city trend that in recent years has had towns from San Francisco to San Diego, along with hundreds across the country, essentially sheltering illegal immigrants from federal authorities by restricting local law enforcement from helping ICE agents. The law gives undocumented immigrants additional protections by making it more hard for local law enforcement agencies to hold them for federal authorities. The law, which went into effect on January 1, "bars law enforcement officers in the state from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person's immigration status or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the objective of enforcing immigration laws", according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It also seeks to make it harder for ICE to detain immigrants near courthouses, hospitals, and schools. "SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by almost eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff's Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees". "California better hold on tight, they're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers".
But smaller jurisdictions that are hesitant to pay for legal fees might be intimidated, Pham notes.