President Donald Trump says he’s planning to name a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a border czar who’ll report directly to him.
Trump tells “Fox & Friends” that Tom Homan will “probably” work from the White House but will spend a lot of time on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Tom Homan’s coming back, I would say that would be announced next week except I’d rather announce it now,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “He’s going to be very much involved with the border, that’s what he really wants to be involved with.”
Homan had been Trump’s acting ICE director since Trump took office when he took himself out of the running for the permanent job in April 2018, less than six months after being nominated, and said he would retire to focus more on his family.
“He’ll be a border czar, he’ll be very much involved in the border, he’ll be directly reporting to me, working out of the White House but spending a lot of time at the border,” Trump said. “He’s a good man, he’s a good man.”
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 U.S. 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.”
Trump also says he hasn’t decided whether to nominate acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan to the Cabinet post full time.
This article was edited by TheBL.