Dan Cadman's years of experience in the world of immigration law has left him with one, simple belief system.
“If something bad can happen with illegal immigration, sooner or later it will,” Cadman, a fellow for the Center of Immigration Studies and a retired official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently told the Prairie State Wire. “Politicians need to search their hearts and ask themselves if they really want to continue to allow illegal alien recidivist back into our society, putting more innocent people at risk.”
Cadman’s statements were sparked by a number of states, including Illinois, recently deciding not to work with ICE officials in turning over illegal immigrants charged with crimes and declaring themselves sanctuary states.
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan has taken matters a step beyond Cadman, recently declaring that leaders like Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner should be criminally charged and prosecuted for instituting policies that hamper ICE efforts in corralling such offenders for deportation.
“I think what happens in the future would will be a better judge of where we go in that regard and of what kind of arrests are actually made,” Cadman said. “History has shown that it will take some kind of outrageous case like what happened in San Francisco with Kate Steinle before we determine that someone needs to be held responsible for much of this.”
As for the potential case against Rauner, Cadman said justifying possible charges against him would best be viewed and assessed on a case by case basis.
“The devil is in the details,” he said, adding that each determination would be tied to the release of a particular illegal alien into the community and the question of if police had their hands tied behind their backs due to policies that have been instituted.
Cadman added he sees no reason why politicians should be held to a lesser standard than anyone else where the violation of federal immigration laws are concerned.
As for the charges Rauner could face, Cadman said a few possibilities come to mind. “Harboring or shielding criminals is a possibility,” he said. “Or, you could see a charge that falls under violations of the same federal protections that cover aliens who are found to be here in the country without authority.”