Retired ICE Director Tom Homan praised President Donald Trump’s efforts to alleviate the crisis on the southern border. The former official also strongly criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her plan to use taxpayer money to tear down parts of the border wall.
The former interim director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told “Fox & Friends” hosts that President Trump has “answered the call” and is “doing the right thing” to meet the needs expressed by Border Patrol agents.
He criticized the proposals of the Democratic opposition and pointed especially to the plans of the presidential candidate Warren.
In the last Democratic presidential debate, Warren blamed Trump for creating a border “crisis.” If elected, she said, she would have the sections of the border wall torn dow— with taxpayers’ money—that she believes “are not useful.”
“If there are parts of the wall that are not useful in our defense, of course we should do it,” Warren said in response to a question from last Wednesday’s debate.
Homan said about Warren, “She’s shown she’s not very smart.”
“Why tear down a wall when the data clearly shows that where a border wall was built, illegal immigration fell, drug smuggling sank,” Homan asked in an interview with Fox News.
“I mean, it would be as if she were removing the front door from her house,” he exemplified.
Homan explained, “The numbers at the border have gone down 65 percent.”
“It’s already paid for, it’s there, it’s a tool that the Border Patrol wants and uses, and it’s successful,” he said. “She can’t fight that,” he said.
The construction of the border Wall
One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to build the border wall on the border with Mexico. The goal of the Trump administration is to cover a total of 400 to 500 miles.
Data cited by Fox News shows that, under Trump’s administration, 81 miles of border wall have been completed, most of which was built as a “replacement” barrier to reinforce older fences. The new barriers built with steel bollards are between 18 and 30 feet high.
An additional 155 miles of border wall is currently under construction and 273 miles are in “pre-construction.”
Homan said Border Patrol agents are “loving” President Trump for his project. “America loves a secure border,” he continued.
“He’s a great president,” Homan concluded.