Donald Trump has several times cited the Center for Immigration Studies, a thoroughly racist anti-immigration group that regularly includes content from white supremacist websites and organizations in their newsletter. Now the deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has spoken to that group and ignored questions about their white supremacist tendencies.
Thomas Homan, Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), spoke with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) today, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as an anti-immigrant hate group, during which he ignored questions about his decision to speak with the group and repeatedly defended ICE agents against criticism.
This morning, Homan sat down with CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan to speak against sanctuary cities, claiming that sanctuary policies actually place immigrant communities in danger of violent crime, and to defend ICE from criticism by claiming that ICE agents were simply enforcing the laws.
That is, of course, a lie. They aren’t just enforcing the law, they are now enforcing Trump’s order that families that come to the border seeking refugee status be broken up, children separated from their parents. The SPLC has done a thorough analysis of the email newsletters that CIS send out to its members and found that the group “circulated over 1,700 articles from VDARE.com” over the last ten years, an average of more than three per week. They’ve also circulated articles by white supremacists Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor and Marcus Epstein, who was convicted of assaulting a black woman in 2007 (they circulated those articles after his conviction).
This is unacceptable. And when asked about it, Homan ignored the questions and just hustled away in a car. Just another way that Trump and his underlings have actively courted white supremacists and neo-Nazis as part of his base political coalition.