JUNE WILL SEE the end of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan's brief but controversial tenure heading the agency. Homan is the chief architect, among other things, of the administration's policy of taking kids from their border-jumping parents. The main reason he is quitting is that lawmakers were planning to use his confirmation hearings to air his record.
Homan, who started as a border patrol agent in 1985, was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's choice to run the agency because Homan is a true believer in President Trump's immigration agenda. He informed Congress last year that he intended to go after anyone in the country without authorization, not just those who have committed a serious crime while here. "If you're in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable," he noted. "You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried."
True to his word, Homan developed a two-pronged "zero tolerance" policy. One prong is focused on border enforcement and the other on "interior" enforcement--that is, targeting those who are already settled within the country.
To advance the first prong, Homan advocated family separation at the Department of Homeland Security...