After serving as temporary director of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement since January of this year, Thomas Homan has been chosen by Trump to act as the permanent director. Official notification of his nomination is set to be received by the Senate on Tuesday, from which point Homan’s confirmation hearings will take place. He must receive the majority of Senate votes in order to be confirmed.
Thomas Homan has been a part of ICE for thirty years, and is a big proponent of Trump’s stance on immigration. In his time as temporary director, he has done his part to enact and enforce the administration’s new immigration policies. His hard stance on illegal immigration includes the abolishment of sanctuary cities and pushes for more aggressive legislation such as Kate’s Law, a bill which was never passed by the Senate.
Our Verdict: As acting director, Thomas Homan has dramatically increased ICE’s power, cracking down on illegal immigration, as Trump pledged to do in his campaign. The unprecedented volume of arrests across the country has created an atmosphere of fear, in which many immigrants do not feel safe. As Homan’s confirmation moves forward, we hope to see pushback from Senate Democrats.