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“This president is letting them [ICE officers] do their job – which the last president did not do,” the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Wolf Blitzer Tuesday.
In an appearance on CNN, Acting Director Thomas Homan corrected host Blitzer’s claims about the nation’s immigration laws and enforcers.
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Homan debunked Blitzer’s claim that the separation of illegal alien families is not prompted by law. He also refuted Blitzer’s claim that ICE officers have been robbed of discretionary authority. Homan also objected to Blitzer’s assumption that officers’ attitudes had changed since Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ April announcement that immigration law would now be enforced.
When Blitzer declared that “most” illegal aliens who are caught and released show up for their court hearings, Homan noted that, last year, 40,000 of them did not – and are now “lost in society.”
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Homan said that the parents who willfully choose to violate U.S. law are the ones who should be blamed for the separation from their children, because they choose to put their children in that situation.
Blitzer: “But, this isn’t the law. This is a policy change that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced after it was debated for more than a year by senior officials in the White House.
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Homan: “I’ve been acting director for a year and a half now and this is something I’ve said a thousand times: entering this country illegally is a crime.
“The attorney general is enforcing laws on the books. The laws are passed by Congress.”
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"You’ve got to understand where this is all coming from. We have a lot of families coming claiming asylum. Under the current process, we cannot detain those families because of what they call the settlement agreement; we can only detail them up to 20 days.
“They can't see a judge that quick. So, they are coached...
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