Retiring head of ICE responds to Democrat hysteria over immigration enforcement
...Homan is right about the ridiculousness of the Democrat position. The Democrats are acting out of emotion and not logic and I think it is out of hatred for President Trump even though his deportation numbers are lower than Obama's. They are just completely irrational on the subject of immigration.
"It's just ridiculous what's going on," Homan told the Washington Examiner Thursday, his second-to-last day, at the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Technically, Homan will be on the federal payroll until Saturday, but he will spend the day working remotely.
Homan was referring to calls in recent weeks by political candidates, local lawmakers, and even one sitting U.S. congresswoman to "abolish ICE."
"It's insulting that a member of Congress would say 'abolish ICE' when we're enforcing the laws that Congress enacted. They give us a set of laws that we're supposed to enforce and they give me the money to do it, then say 'abolish ICE,'" Homan said during an interview late Thursday. "We’re doing what you told us to do."
The 34-year law enforcement veteran said he believes some do not understand ICE was tasked with enforcing federal laws and is not operating out of its own agenda or rogue orders from the White House. People "don't understand we’re not making this up," he said.
Homan said President Trump's executive order in January 2017 mandated he carry out all existing immigration laws whereas former President Barack Obama had instructed ICE to prioritize who it went after.
Even so, ICE deportation numbers during the middle of Obama's administration in Fiscal Year 2012 — a total of 409,849 people removed — was significantly higher than Trump's first year number of 226,119.
Homan argued 92 percent of all ICE arrests in FY 2017 either had a criminal arrest or conviction and were not being picked up just for immigration violations.
"We saved 904 children through our investigations from being exploited, being raped, being molested, being filmed," he added.