Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan said he’s “glad” that President Trump is leading the defensive effort to prevent a migrant caravan from entering the United States.
After leaving Honduras, a caravan of between 5,000 and 10,000 migrants has made it as far as central Mexico and is heading to the U.S. President Trump has repeatedly said he would not allow any unlawful entry to take place and has threatened the use of U.S. military forces to deter or prevent the caravan.
Homan, who retired from his post at the immigration agency over the summer, called Trump a “bulldog” and said he would do what it took to protect the U.S.-Mexico border and prevent entry.
“I’m glad we’ve got a president that’s a bulldog and is gonna protect this country at all costs,” Homan said, as Fox News Insider reports.
The former acting director also inferred the immigration crisis could be worse, even nightmarish if President Trump had not won the White House in 2016.
“Thank God Donald Trump’s sitting in the White House,” Homan added.
Former ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan discussed @POTUS‘ response to the migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border during an interview on @foxandfriends Sunday. https://t.co/KFQFPpg4RR pic.twitter.com/FPbE6auonK
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 21, 2018
Here’s more from Homan, per the report:
Homan said the majority of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border aren’t trying to escape fear and persecution, but rather to join family members already in America.
He also said that the controversial family separations that happened as a result of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy at the border could have been avoided.
“The whole reason family separations happened was because Congress — specifically the Democrats — will not close the loopholes that are causing this stuff,” he said. “If they would have closed these loopholes when we asked them to, none of this stuff would have been happening.”
As the caravan continues to head north through Mexico and was only temporarily stopped at the Mexico-Guatemala border, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the following statement:
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 22, 2018
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
October 21, 2018
The United States is closely following the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. As President Trump has stated, consistent with U.S. law, the United States will not allow illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the United States.
We are concerned that these migrants may be victimized by human smugglers or others who would exploit them. We also are 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.
We understand Mexico will detain and repatriate migrants who enter Mexico in violation of Mexican law, and in instances where migrants apply for asylum, process the requests in accordance with Mexican law. We also understand that those who do not qualify will be returned in a safe and orderly process, consistent with Mexican law.
We welcome the Government of Mexico’s collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to address refugee and migration issues in the region, including the influx of people arriving in Mexico. The United States stands ready to assist the Government of Mexico in this effort.