Former ICE Director Tom Homan: ‘This Is the Largest Crisis I’ve Seen in My 35 Years of Doing This Job’

By Melanie Arter | August 18, 2022 | 4:35pm EDT
Guided by coyotes piloting an inflatable raft, migrants cross the Rio Grande River and arrive on American soil on April 23, 2021 in Roma, Texas. After crossing onto the shallow banks, the migrants hike half a mile through sandy gullies and shrub covered land towards waiting Border Patrol officers for processing and detention. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)

( – Former ICE Director Tom Homan on Thursday called the situation at the border “the largest crisis” he’s seen in 35 years of doing his job, and it definitely fits under the definition of “invasion.”

“I think all you have to do is look up the definition of invasion. I mean, there's two different definitions I read. One says incursion of a large number of people, and an unwelcome intrusion of a large group of people. This is an invasion. We’re at 2 million, 2 million illegal entries already this year,” Homan told Fox News’s “America Reports.”

“We are going to end at about 2.5 million by the time they count these last two months, and that’s on top of the historic 1.7 last year, and look, a legal argument, the attorney general from the state of Arizona gave a legal analysis saying based on the definition of the U.S. Constitution, this is an invasion, Article 1, and that's why you have people like Kari Lake who’s running for governor in Arizona committing to day one, she's going to take control of the border, enforce the immigration law because the federal government has abdicated the responsibility of doing it,” he said.

The fact that the Biden administration keeps downplaying the situation at the border and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is not taking the necessary steps to stem the tide of illegal immigrants crossing the border is why Homan is calling for the secretary to be “impeached on day one” if the GOP regains the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“He’s lying to the American people every day. He testified in front of the Congress and committed perjury. The secretary of homeland security will not admit we have a crisis on the board, and the men and women of Border Patrol, their morale is in the toilet, because they are watching TV, down there busting their butts 24/7, taking sickness home to their own family they are catching on the border, and they see their boss, the secretary of homeland security saying there is not an incursion, there's not a crisis on the border,” Homan said.

“There has been 1,217 migrants died on U.S. Soil since Joe Biden became president, and that was the number from a week ago - 1,217 - and since they have several deaths every day, that is incredible. No one is talking about that. He says his policies are humane. Over 1200 migrants died on U.S. soil. Add to that, over 100,000 Americans who died from fentanyl overdoses that’s coming across our border,” he said.

“How does the administration stand up and look in the TV camera and say this border is secure when Americans are dying and a record number of migrants are dying. It does not make sense. It’s this administration sending a false message to the American people. The truth is, this the largest crisis I've seen in my 35 years of doing this job, and it's costing lives,” Homan added.

Homan was asked about the Border Patrol unlocking a gate and allowing illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. on private property after the Texas National Guard refused to let them in.

“If they are claiming asylum, then they have to be taken in custody and interviewed. Now during the Trump administration, we would have took them into custody, but under the Trump administration, we would have sent them right back under the Remain in Mexico program. That’s the way it’s supposed to work,” he said.

“In my day on the Border Patrol, I arrested a lot of people in my day in wearing that uniform and those people were back in Mexico in an hour. I cannot believe what we are doing now. The Biden administration is releasing thousands a day, thousands a day they are releasing into the United States, while there’s thousands of empty I.C.E. beds already paid for that are empty, because they know if they are not detained and lose their case they won't be removed,” Homan said.

“I would say that if these people are in bad shape, and they are asking for help, and they are claiming asylum, the Border Patrol in their humanitarian duties probably had to open that gate, but you know, I -- this is a legal question on private property, which I don't have a clear answer for,” the former director said.

“If it would have been me, and they are in trouble, they are desperate and they’re claiming asylum and you want to send them back in the river -- especially with infants, you want to send them back into the river or you want to take custody and safely repatriate them, that's what I would have done,” he added.

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