Former Acting ICE Director: Biden Telling Illegals to Wait Until Policy Changes ‘Too Little Too Late’

By Melanie Arter | January 18, 2021 | 4:20pm EST
Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. - Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United States. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via
Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. - (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via

( - Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” on Monday that the prediction he made six months ago is coming true that if Joe Biden won the presidency, there will be a surge in illegal immigration like you’ve never seen.

Biden’s pledge to enact more liberal immigration laws doesn’t bode well for the 18.5 million people in the U.S. who are about to collect unemployment, host Dagen McDowell said.

“Absolutely,” Homan said. “You're talking about these people coming to the United States for jobs, and we have to remember what President-Elect Biden also said. He said that he's going to prevent ICE from doing any work-site operation, which means you can come here illegally and get a job and you can do that without the fear of ICE coming to your work site and arresting you. 

“That was another campaign promise Joe Biden made. No more operation, which means illegal aliens that are going to the United States and displacing American workers have no fear of being arrested,” he said.

Former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes noted that the Guatemala prevent one caravan of illegal immigrants from coming to the U.S. and that the Trump administration made agreements with three Central American countries to prevent the caravans. President-elect Biden, however, is planning to repeal those agreements.

Homan said that he wrote an op-ed six months ago, saying if Biden won the presidency, “we would see a surge at the border that we’ve never seen, and it's already happening.”

“When you make promises you’re going to put a moratorium on deportations, you’re going to end ICE detention, you’re going to give free health care, you’re going to stop the remain in Mexico programs, so now thousands of asylum seekers, which data clearly shows 90% don't qualify, get released in the U.S. We’re back to catch and release. They are coming,” the former acting ICE director said. 

“He's trying to hold them back now. It’s too little too late. He made a promise. What's really sad about this whole thing, he knew better. He was around in FY14 and 15, when the first family surges or hundreds of thousands of families came across the border. He knows what caused it, and he made these promises despite that,” he said.

“It's more important for him to win the reelection and satisfy the left than take the lessons learned when he was vice president of what caused these surges to begin with. It's a tragedy what he did,” Homan said.

McDowell noted that the incoming Biden administration did warn migrants not to travel to the border because immigration policies won’t change overnight, and she pointed out that Biden’s immigration proposal would still have to pass the House and get a two-thirds filibuster proof vote in the Senate.

“Absolutely. Let's look at just one of his promises. He’s going to end the remain in Mexico program. Data clearly shows - and this is data from the immigration court – 89 percent of Central Americans who claim asylum at the border never get relief from U.S. courts because they simply do not qualify,” Homan said.

“So they use loopholes to come in and claim asylum and without the remain in Mexico program, they’re going to be released back in the U.S. Put on top of that, Congress just cut ICE's budget by $300 million, which means they went from 52,000 detention beds to 31,000 detention beds, which they will fill in a matter of a month,” he said.

“So hundreds of thousands of people coming after that month are going to be released in the U.S., and they are going to simply wait and hide out, wait for the next amnesty, wait for the next DACA to roll around, because this country has shown if you hang out long enough illegally in the U.S. and become a fugitive, you will be rewarded, and that's exactly what Joe Biden is talking about right now --amnesty and DACA,” Homan added.

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