If it appears as though Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are lawless, rabid dogs who take great pleasure in arresting and detaining harmless people, this could be the clearest explanation yet for why they've been enabled to do so.
The director of ICE is apparently a right wing asshole who doesn't believe in the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution or much else beyond his own authority.
Director Thomas Homan appeared on Fox News yesterday where he called for arresting local lawmakers and officials in so-called "sanctuary cities."
“This is a victimization of the American community,” Thomas Homan told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “This isn’t the America I grew up in. We’ve got to take these sanctuary cities on. We’ve got to take them to court, and we’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”
While there’s no strict legal definition a “sanctuary” city or state, Homan, who President Donald Trump has nominated to serve as ICE’s formal director, was responding to California’s SB54, which went into effect on Jan. 1.
The Trump regime actually has taken so-called sanctuary cities to court and they've lost!
Why did they lose?
Because the federal government cannot compel local authorities to perform the duties of federal immigration authorities. State laws that prohibit state employees from performing those duties are perfectly constitutional. Trump's executive order for defunding sanctuary cities is not constitutional.
I suppose I should add that passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that creates a pathway to citizenship and streamlines the process for legal immigration could settle this once and for all.
In any case, ICE should be abolished.