(CNSNews.com) - Tom Homan, the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the thousands of Central Americans heading north to the U.S. border are taking advantage of this country's weak immigration laws, but Democrats don’t want to talk about that.
"A lot of this could have been prevented," Homan told Fox News Monday morning. "I've said for over a year that if we didn't fix these loopholes it would happen. And here it is."
Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will not allow the migrants to enter the U.S. Pompeo said the Trump administration is “deeply concerned by the violence provoked by some members of the group, as well as the apparent political motivation of some organizers of the caravan."
"This is something nobody wants to talk about, especially Democrats, right?" Homan said. He noted that some Democrats want to establish more sanctuary cities and abolish ICE:
This entices more people to make this dangerous journey. And these people don't come by themselves. They hired criminal organizations to get to the country. And in my 34 years, I have seen numerous women raped. I've seen children die making that trip. You know, I was in Phoenix, Arizona when aliens were held hostage and their smuggling fees doubled and they were tortured and killed. I mean, I was in the back of a tractor trailer with 19 dead aliens, including a five year old little boy who suffocated to death.
When you entice people to come to this country, when have weak immigration laws, that's what happens. These people are at the mercy of criminal organizations who don't care about them at all. They're a commodity --- they're there to make money.
And this is the other side of the story. This is not just about law enforcement, it's about saving lives. And nobody wants to talk about this, especially Democrats. So when they throw out 'Abolish ICE' and throw out 'sanctuary cities' and 'Let's protect them keep them in the United States and protect them from ICE' -- they want to keep them in the United States illegally but they don't want to build a wall to keep them out. That sends a message to more people to make that journey, and more people will be victimized because of it.
Homan said Democrats refuse to strike an immigration deal because they don't want to give President Trump a "win" on immigration.
"This is all about putting their political hatred of this president ahead of national security and public safety. And ahead of the safety of these American patriots on the line that wear that uniform -- it's disgusting."
President Trump on Monday tweeted that the "caravan" includes "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners," and he said he has alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Military "that this is a National Emergency."
"There's going to be a certain amount of criminals," Homan agreed. "They will put themselves in that group. We know for a fact, based on intelligence reports, that these cartels and smuggling organizations -- they'll push a large group of family units in one area to tie the Border Patrol assets up. And while the Border Patrol assets are tied up dealing with these families, they're pushing drugs and other bad people through another part of the border because Border Patrol is totally tied up."
Homan said all members of Congress, regardless of party, should want to close the loopholes.
"Thank God we have a president sitting in the White House who understands this, and has the backs of these 20,000 men and women, that wants to secure our border. I cannot believe we're even discussing that this as an issue at this point."