Former President Barack Obama’s top immigration chief said that the Obama administration had the idea of putting illegal immigrant children in the “cages,” which Democrats have used as a weapon against President Trump.

Thomas Homan, Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement between May 2013 and January 2017, was responsible for “promoting public safety and national security by maintaining direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, locate, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens from the United States,” according to Daily Wire. Since January 2017, he has served as Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Thomas Homan spoke on Wednesday at the immigration conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built,” Homan said, reported the Washington Examiner.

He cited one Democratic chairman who asked a Trump official, “You still keeping kids in cages?”

Homan responded, “I would answer the question, ‘The kids are being housed in the same facility built under the Obama administration.’ If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.”

People who have been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP, File)

He said that the Border Patrol facilities where all illegals are initially kept “were not built to take care of children.” In fact, the recent surge of younger illegal immigrants is a new trend.

“It’s chain link dividers that keeps children separate from unrelated adults. It’s about protecting children,” he said.

Homan has remained a strong supporter of the president’s immigration policies since leaving his post, and has praised Trump’s response to the surge in migrants attempting to enter the United States via the southern border.

“God help us if another tragedy falls upon us because Democratic leaders in Congress want to play politics with our safety and are blinded by their drive to see our president fail,” he said. “No one should want our president to fail. His success is America’s success,” according to The Associated Press.

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