Acting ICE Director Homan 'Stunned' by Steinle Verdict

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 07:59:39 AM. Acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan said Monday he was 'stunned' by the news last week that an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times had been cleared of the shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

Acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan said Monday he was "stunned" by the news last week that an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times had been cleared of the shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

"I sat stunned for 15 minutes," Homan told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "This isn't the America I grew up in. It's just ridiculous."

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had already been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation, had been charged with murder after Steinle was fatally shot in the back while walking with her father on a San Francisco pier.

Zarate did not deny shooting her, but said it was an accident. While he was acquitted of murder, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The case gained national attention, as it came during the presidential campaign, touching off a debate over immigration and sanctuary cities.

Homan said his concern goes beyond the Steinle verdict, as his biggest concern is about sanctuary cities that are suing the Department of Justice to restore the funding they need from the federal government.

"Isn't that ridiculous?" he said. "Let's think about this for a minute. Sanctuary cities. They're suing the department of justice to get their funding from the federal government. So they want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in but they don't want to fund the border wall to keep them out."

Homan also defended President Donald Trump from the pushback going on over his stance on immigration.

"This president has done more for security and public safety than any of the six presidents I've worked for," said Homan, noting he has worked in the immigration field for 34 years.

"Just since his leadership in January, border crossings are at a 45-year low," Homan added. "Now, that's not a coincidence. That's because this president is letting men and women of Border Patrol and ICE do their job. The border isn't open to illegal activity."

Homan also defended Trump's call for a border wall, saying that in his experience, the walls that have gone up at places along the border work.


"I was in the border patrol in San Diego when they built the wall, and numbers dropped," said Homan. "It worked in Arizona in El Paso. Every place they put the wall up, illegal crossings went down. Why wouldn't the country not want a wall to help the public and national security? It's a wise investment."

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