Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he's prepared to take on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mayorkas made these comments last week during a virtual town hall forum with ICE employees, according to The Washington Times.
Sanctuary cities laws in cities other such municipalities across the country effectively protect some illegal immigrants from deportation and prosecution, despite federal immigration law.
Mayorkas also said opposes public calls to abolish the ICE.
"I'm 100% opposed to the abolition of ICE," he said. "It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it."
He also said he believes more illegal immigrants should be prosecuted criminally.
"I see cases now where we apprehend and remove individuals that I think need to be prosecuted criminally," he said.