Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting Director Thomas Homan said Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that the “same people” who “claim there isn’t a crisis at the border” and scoff at the idea of a security wall are the same people who “claimed there wasn’t a caravan” barreling toward the U.S.
“There was,” he added bluntly.
President Donald Trump campaigned heavily on his now-iconic pledge to build a security wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration. Although Republicans held majorities in both the House and the Senate for the first two years of Trump’s presidency, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on funding the border wall — and punted on the issue.
Now that Democrats have retaken the House majority, the $5 billion in border wall funding that Trump is demanding becomes more difficult to attain.
Although Trump and GOP lawmakers showed a willingness to lower the $5 billion request in a compromise, newly minted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) still are refusing to budge on providing a cent of border wall funding.
Trump announced Monday on Twitter that he will “address the nation on the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border” on Tuesday evening in the Oval Office — his first such address from that venue as president.
I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7 January 2019
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also announced Monday that Trump “will travel to the southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.”
President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) 7 January 2019
Thousands of migrants with a Central American caravan trekked toward the U.S. late last year, thus prompting more urgency in securing border wall funding.
But many mainstream media members and Democrats greatly dismissed the caravan concern or downplayed its significance.
“The same people who claim there isn’t a crisis on the border claimed there wasn’t a caravan. And we found out differently, didn’t we?” Homan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “There’s a crisis on the border. Two children have died.”
“If they would have stuck with what President Trump wanted — come to the port of entry, claim asylum — these two children would be alive today because they wouldn’t have had to cross between ports of entry,” Homan said.
Two illegal immigrant children died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in December. And the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration’s new asylum policy limiting claims to ports of entry.
But Luis Miranda, a former communications adviser to former President Barack Obama, insisted Monday night that this “is a Trump-made crisis that is not worth shutting the government over.”
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“One of the issues here is that Donald Trump is an expert at creating a crisis … I think that this is a problem that we can deal with very efficiently,” Miranda argued.
But Homan said, “I can’t believe you’re … watching the media coverage on TV but you go on and say Trump invented this crisis.”
Ingraham warned that Trump “cannot relent” on securing border wall funding and combating illegal immigration.
“He must continue to speak for these families and, frankly, for the millions of you who believe that every country … has the sovereign right to determine who can and cannot reside here. It’s not immoral to do so,” Ingraham said. “And if our elected representatives refuse to do their solemn duty to defend our country, then we in a sense — we kind of already have a government that’s shut down — shut down to the will of the people.”
When Trump addresses the nation on Tuesday, Ingraham said she hopes he “personalizes the border crisis.”
“We need to emphasize how illegal immigration has directly — and at times tragically — affected the lives of all Americans, and including the people that are trying to come into the country,” Ingraham said.