A Trump-era Immigration and Customs Enforcement director says morale within the law enforcement group is ‘in the toilet’ as the migration crisis continues with no sign of it stopping under the Biden administration.
Tom Homan, who served as the head of ICE for the first year-and-a-half of Trump’s presidency, told Fox News‘ Mark Levin on Sunday that he is ‘disgusted’ with President Joe Biden‘s handling of the southern border.
‘[Biden] sold out this country to win the presidency,’ Homan said of the president’s campaign promise to give all those seeking asylum a safe place in the U.S. ‘And now we see that in action, [with] open borders.’
He said that while people view the border crisis as just that – a crisis – it is really Biden’s campaign promise of ‘open border’ coming successfully to fruition.
‘People say, well, this is incompetence,’ he added, ‘this is mismanagement. No, it’s not. Their plan is coming together perfectly. This is open borders.’
Thousands of illegal immigrants from all over the world cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day.
Trump-era ICE Director Tom Homan said Sunday Biden’s response to the migration crisis and ‘open border policies’ have put morale ‘in the toilet’ among immigration enforcement officials
Border enforcement agents have become overwhelmed as thousands of migrants arrive all along the U.S.-Mexico border every day. Here migrants detained from Central America in Sunland Park, New Mexico on July 22, 2021
This crisis has left immigration enforcement agencies like ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spread thin. While agents are dispersed from ports of entry to apprehend border jumpers at wall gaps, mass amounts of human and drug trafficking have been able to slip through the understaffed ports.
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana agreed that Biden lied to Americans during the 2020 campaign by not revealing that he ‘believes in open borders.’
‘Let’s be honest, President Biden didn’t tell the American people the truth when he was running,’ he told Fox & Friends on Monday morning. ‘He believes in open borders.’
‘He believes the border’s a nuisance, he believes that vetting people at the border is racist, he believes anybody ought to be able to come into America,’ he added. ‘Since President Biden has been in office, a million people have come into America from the southern border—we don’t have the slightest idea who they are.’
The new attack on Biden as an ‘open borders’ advocate comes as a new report from Republicans on a border committee revealed the administration is spending $3 million per day to stop construction of Trump’s wall.
Republicans on the Senate subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, which falls under the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the report recently that shows Biden has already spent around $2 billion on halting border wall construction projects.
The $3 million daily costly per t is going to contractors to guard all the materials – like steel and concrete – that are lying around in the desert for the project, the report states.
‘This waste of taxpayer resources threatens military readiness and national security,’ the minority panel, led by Ranking Member James Lankford, wrote in the report.
A Republican report states the administration is spending $3 million every day to contract guards for wall materials, like steel and concrete, that have been left lying around in the desert – adding up to a total of $2 billion so far since Biden took office
Meanwhile, Homan says morale among ICE officers ‘has never been worse down on the border.’
‘I’ve been at the border four times in the last two months and these men and women, I tell you right now, they’ve lost total respect in the President of the United States, which is sad,’ he told Fox.
He also said they ‘lost respect in the secretary of Homeland Security’ Alejandro Mayorkas because they hear his words contradict what they are experiencing at the border every day.
‘The secretary to this day will say the border is secure and closed and these men and women are dealing with this crisis every day, putting themselves in harm’s way,’ Homan said. ‘And their secretary won’t recognize that.’
‘These men and women save lives, Mr. President,’ Homan fired back at Biden. ‘They don’t watch people starve to death on the Rio Grande banks. So they’ve lost respect. They’ve been abandoned by their own commander in chief and their secretary.’
Homan was succeeded by three different people who served as the ICE director in an ‘acting’ capacity under Trump. After Homan retired, no other person was confirmed to the position in Trump’s remaining two-and-a-half years in office.
Homan worked under six different presidents, and said hard-line immigration policies with strict border enforcement has always worked.
‘Personally, I’m disgusted,’ Homan said. ‘I spent almost 35 years, I started as a Border Patrol agent on that border. I worked my work my way up the chain, rung by rung. I was the first director of ICE to actually came up through the ranks. So I spent my whole career doing this.’
‘I can tell you without any doubt in the world that President Trump gave us the most secure border I’ve seen in my entire career, almost 35 years,’ he continued. ‘That is just a stone-cold fact.’
Customs and Border Protection revealed that 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwest border in June. Border encounter numbers are at a 20-year high
He bashed people who feel Trump’s policies were ‘cruel’ or ‘inhumane.’
‘I worked for six different presidents, the policies worked,’ Homan said. ‘Let me ask this question to the American people listening. When illegal immigration is down 60, 80 percent, how many women are being raped by the cartels? How many children aren’t dying? How many millions of dollars do the cartels not make on smuggling drugs? How many fentanyl overdoses didn’t occur?’
‘So the fact is, President Trump saved lives. He secured the border,’ he asserted.
In Fiscal Year 2021, more than 1.1 million migrants have had encounters with CBP, according to their numbers, with the vast majority of those incidents happening under the Biden administration.
In June alone, 188,829 were stopped at the border – a new 20-year high that has continued to spike since March.