Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, believes the policies implemented by President Donald Trump have been a great success.
He told an interview with the Washington Examiner that illegal border crossings are down 70 percent and arrests by ICE officers are up 40 percent since Trump entered the White House.
Homan has also been given the go-ahead to hire an additional 10,000 ICE officers, many of whom will work in sanctuary cities to target undocumented immigrants.
"You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they've had," Homan told the Examiner.
Sanctuary cities, including Chicago, San Francisco and New York, have refused to allow ICE officers to enter their jails. They also refuse to detain undocumented immigrants until ICE agents can arrive and arrest them.
"What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws," Homan added.
Homan recently stated that, while criminals, fugitives, threats to national security, and those who have reentered the U.S. illegally are the priorities for deportation, ICE agents will detain anyone in the country illegally.
"You'd think everybody would be celebrating these policies," Homan added.
There are many who disagree with him.
In Saratoga Springs, New York, over 100 people gathered at an immigration town hall meeting July 17 to discuss how to assist undocumented immigrants targeted by ICE.
"Restaurants are closing," said Julie Leonelli, according to the Albany Times Union. "People are scared stiff. We are trying to help them to find lawyers and translating paperwork for them."
In Jerome, Idaho, hundreds of people gathered at the courthouse July 10 to protest plans to use the county jail for ICE detentions.
"Just because they don't speak English does not mean they're not human beings with families to support," said Larry Laub, the Idaho Statesman reported.
In Los Angeles, protesters gathered July 13 to urge the Los Angeles County Sheriff to support a sanctuary state bill that would prevent local and state law enforcement officers from using their facilities to assist ICE agents.
"Sanctuary policies make our city safer; they make our community safer," David Abud, an immigrant who moved to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 10, said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sources: Washington Examiner, Albany Times Union, Idaho Statesman, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, I JethroBT/Wikimedia Commons