(CNSNews.com) - Former ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox News on Monday that the Democrats need to put national security above their desire to see President Donald Trump fail on the immigration issue.
During an interview on “America’s Newsroom,” Homan dismissed Rep. Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) claim that the Trump administration has no idea how to spend the money they requested for border security.
“Yes, they do. I mean last year when they gave the $1.6 billion. It’s little known that the Border Patrol couldn’t build what they wanted where they wanted it based on a lot of informative data. For instance, they weren’t allowed to build any prototypes they tested. They weren’t allowed to build new fencing in areas they needed it most, so there is a plan,” he said.
“The Border Patrol knows exactly what they want to build and where they want to build it, but the Democrats keep lying to the American people, and I see what happened this weekend. I really think the Democrats … their responsibility to defend this nation and secure our borders need to be stronger than their desire to see the president fail on this issue. I just think they’re putting politics ahead of everything else, and it’s just ridiculous,” Homan said.
Last year, for instance, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked for 51,000 detention beds, Congress gave them 10,000 less than they needed.
“ICE has asked for 51,000 beds based on solid data, but last year, they’re given 41,000 beds - 10,000 less than they actually justified the need for, which means if you have 10,000 less beds, that’s 10,000 people that’s going to be caught and released,” Homan said.
“When you catch and release illegal aliens entering this country, that just entices more people to come if they think, ‘I’m not going to be detained. I’ll be released into the interior of the United States either not to show up in court.’ And if they get an order from a judge to be removed, they won’t remove,” he said.
Homan added that he’s not concerned about the president changing his demand from concrete to “steel slats.”
“No, it absolutely does not, because when the Border Patrol contract had those prototypes of the wall built and got them on display down in San Diego, I went down to look at those prototypes when I was ICE director, and the Border Patrol’s always said that concrete makes sense, but in some areas, they want the steel posts that acts as a wall, but they can see through,” he said.
“They want to see what’s coming at them from Mexico. That makes sense. That makes operational sense. So Border Patrol’s been very clear that they would like something that they can see through, so there’s certain parts of the border where there’ll be solid concrete such as a flood levy that already exists and expand into those, but other areas, they want the steel,” Homan said.