A Trump-era immigration and customs enforcement director says morale within the law enforcement group is “on the toilet” as the migration crisis continues without appearing to end under the Biden administration.
Tom Homan, who served as head of ICE for the first year and a half of Trump’s presidency, told Fox News’ Mark Levin on Sunday that he is “abhorred” by the way President Joe Biden has handled the southern border.
‘[Biden] sold this country to win the presidency,” Homan said of the president’s campaign promise to give everyone seeking asylum a safe place in the US “And now we see that in action, [with] open borders.’
He said that while people see the border crisis as just that – a crisis – in reality Biden’s campaign promise is that “open border” will be successfully accomplished.
“People say, well, this is incompetence,” he added, “this is mismanagement. No, that’s not it. Their plan comes together perfectly. These are open borders.’
Every day, thousands of illegal immigrants from all over the world cross the US-Mexico border.
Trump-era ICE Director Tom Homan said Biden’s response to the migration crisis and “open border” policies have “drained” morale among immigration enforcement officials
Border enforcement agents are overwhelmed as thousands of migrants arrive along the US-Mexico border every day. Migrants detained here from Central America in Sunland Park, New Mexico on July 22, 2021
This crisis has left immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sparse. As agents are dispersed from the entry gates to arrest border troopers at wall openings, massive amounts of human and drug trafficking have been able to slip into the understaffed ports.
Louisiana Senator John Kennedy agreed that Biden lied to Americans during the 2020 campaign by failing to reveal that he “believes in open borders.”
“Let’s face it, President Biden didn’t tell the American people the truth when he was running,” he told Fox & Friends Monday morning. “He believes in open borders.”
“He thinks the border is a nuisance, he believes controlling people at the border is racist, he thinks anyone should be able to enter America,” he added. “Since President Biden took office, a million people have come to America from the southern border — we have no idea who they are.”
The new attack on Biden as an “open borders” advocate comes after a new report by Republicans in a border commission revealed that the administration is spending $3 million a day to stop building Trump’s wall.
Republicans on the Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, which comes under the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, recently released the report showing Biden has already spent about $2 billion on halting border wall construction projects.
The $3 million per ton daily cost will go to contractors to monitor all materials — such as steel and concrete — lying around in the desert for the project, the report states.
“This waste of taxpayers’ money threatens military preparedness and national security,” the minority panel led by Ranking Member James Lankford wrote in the report.
A Republican report says the government spends $3 million every day to contract guards for wall materials, such as steel and concrete, that have been left lying around in the desert — a total of $2 billion so far since Biden took office.
Meanwhile, Homan says morale among ICE officers “has never been this bad at the border.”
“I’ve been to the border four times in the last two months and these men and women, I’m telling you now, have lost total respect with the President of the United States, which is sad,” he told Fox.
He also said they have “lost the respect of Homeland Security Secretary” Alejandro Mayorkas because they hear his words contradict what they experience every day at the border.
“The secretary will say to this day that the border is safe and closed and that these men and women are dealing with this crisis every day and putting themselves at risk,” Homan said. “And their secretary won’t recognize it.”
“These men and women are saving lives, Mr. President,” Homan fired back at Biden. “They don’t watch people starve on the banks of the Rio Grande. So they have lost their respect. They have been abandoned by their own commander in chief and their secretary.’
Homan was succeeded by three different people who served as ICE director in an “acting” capacity under Trump. After Homan retired, no other person was confirmed to hold the position in Trump’s remaining two-and-a-half years.
Homan has served under six different presidents and said strict immigration policies with strict border enforcement have always worked.
“Personally, it disgusts me,” Homan said. ‘I spent almost 35 years, I started as a border guard agent on that border. I worked my way up the chain, sport for sport. I was the first director of ICE to actually come through the ranks. So I’ve spent my entire career on this.’
“I can tell you without a doubt in the world that President Trump has given us the safest border I’ve seen in my entire career, almost 35 years,” he continued. “That’s just an ice cold fact.”
Customs and Border Protection revealed that 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwestern border in June. The number of border violations is at the highest point in 20 years
He rebuked those who find Trump’s policies “cruel” or “inhumane.”
“I’ve worked for six different presidents, the policy worked,” Homan said. “Let me put this question to the American people who are listening. If illegal immigration has decreased by 60.80 percent, how many women are being raped by the cartels? How many children don’t die? How many millions of dollars do the cartels make from drug smuggling? How many fentanyl overdoses have there been?’
“So it’s a fact that President Trump has saved lives. He secured the border,’ he claimed.
In fiscal 2021, more than 1.1 million migrants, by number, met with CBP, with the vast majority of those incidents occurring under the Biden administration.
In June alone, 188,829 were stopped at the border – a new 20-year record that has continued to rise since March.