Former ICE Director Urges President to Give National Address on Border Crisis

By Susan Jones | January 3, 2019 | 6:12 AM EST

President Trump delivers remarks on illegal immigration at the White House on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Thomas Homan, the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, called it "unconscionable" that Democrat leaders refused to hear the border security concerns that the Trump administration tried to share with them on Wednesday.

Homan told Fox News Wednesday night the president should go straight to the people. He spoke after Democrats refused to listen to the White House briefing on border insecurity prepared by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


"Let me tell you what needs to happen," Homan said:

Since they shut down the secretary today, if the president of the United States is watching, I implore you to have a presidential address to the entire nation in prime time, and share this data with the American people.

They voted for you to secure this border, they need to hear this data on the criminals and the gangs and the drugs coming across this border. Go around Nancy (Pelosi) and Mr. Schumer, talk to the American people. You will win their support. You're doing the right thing.

At Wednesday's White House meeting, Democrat leaders Pelosi and Schumer urged President Trump to support legislation the House will introduce today to fund those parts of the government that shut down before Christmas.

Schumer and Pelosi refused to hear what DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to say about the border crisis.

Later, Nielsen tweeted:

"I am disappointed that Dems did not want to hear from @DHSgov about the security & humanitarian crisis we are facing at the border. They didn’t want to hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall."

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