Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said on Tuesday that DHS is looking at all options, including arrest, of local officials who don’t cooperate with federal officials and harbor illegal aliens in their declared sanctuary cities.
Speaking in front of the Senate Judiciary Committe, Nielsen said, “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are regularly blocked by local officials of sanctuary cities who won’t turn over known illegal aliens for deportation. California just enacted a state-wide law that allows for local officials to continue doing just that. ICE director Tom Homan says such actions put his officers at risk because instead of local police holding a suspected illegal alien for ICE investigations lets them back into the community for ICE to hunt them down. Homan wants to see these local officials charged as human smugglers.
While illegal aliens continue to be a huge problem in the United States, Democrats are more concerned with Trump’s behavior. Nielsen was grilled at Tuesday’s Senate hearing for defending the president against accusations that he is racist. She made it clear that all Trump wants is for immigrants to come into the country legally. It’s really not that difficult to understand. To harbor a lawbreaker is in fact breaking the law. City officials who do so are complicit and they should be charged and punished.
Kudos to Nielsen for standing up for our Constitution.
H/T Washington Times