Thomas Homan, the acting head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, gave the keynote speech on the first day of the Border Security Expo in San Antonio on Wednesday. (The expo is billed as the “single point of contact to staying ahead of the enemy.”) There, Homan told the audience that he was “enjoying” his job and reaffirmed that ICE will continue its mission of terrorizing immigrants in every part of their lives:
Homan is a man who previously made it clear that every single undocumented immigrant in the country “should look over your shoulder” and needs “to be worried,” so it’s not stunning that he thinks he’s got a great gig. But that doesn’t make it any less horrible.
Homan, who has previously gone on Fox News to talk about how he wants to arrest politicians who support sanctuary cities, hammered these politicians again, despite the fact that it is often police officers and sheriffs who choose whether or not they will cooperate with ICE.
He also complained that he was “sick and tired of the vilification of the men and women and ICE and of Border Patrol.”
His remarks come only a day after Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, much of which was devoted to despicable rhetoric about immigrants. Taken together, the two speeches make clear that we won’t be seeing the end of ICE’s reign of terror any time soon.