John Sandweg, a former acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Hill.TV on Wednesday that agency lacks sufficient resources to deport every illegal alien in the country. Currently, it is estimated that there are 11.5 million illegal aliens living in the country. Sandweg told Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on Hill.TV, “On the immigration side, ICE can only deport 2 percent of the undocumented population — I don’t think that’s a fact most people realize.”
Reflecting on 2012, when ICE deported the largest number of people on record, Sandweg said ICE only handled 200,000 deportations. The total number of undocumented workers is around 11.5 million people. About 400,000 people in total were deported in 2012, Sandweg said, but 200,000 of those came directly at the border.
“This administration is no different, Sandweg said. “They’re having the same problems – it’s just there's not enough resources in the immigration enforcement system.” The current controversies over border security enforcement makes agents’ jobs difficult when they are “torn apart in the politics.”
Sandweg also criticized so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that fail to cooperate with ICE. “The mayors tell the chiefs, 'you can't cooperate with ICE – it’s politically too hot for us,' and that undermines all of our public safety and national security,” he said. The state of California, and cities such as Philadelphia (Penn.), Austin (Tex.), and Minneapolis (Minn.) are among sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with ICE, for example, when receiving detainer requests from immigration authorities to hold criminal aliens long enough to be picked up.
The danger posed to law enforcement officers by illegal immigrant criminals came to fore again in Florida last week. Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot and killed while he responded to an assault at a filling station in Fort Myers (Fla.). Shot in the head, the 29-year-old Miller survived for week until succumbing to his wounds. His alleged assailant is Wisner Desmaret, who is an illegal immigrant hailing from Haiti. Desmaret shot Miller while fleeing the scene of the crime and has a long history with both local and federal law enforcement.