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Former ICE Director On Massive Surge At Southern Border: ‘This Isn’t By Accident, This Is By Design’

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Tom Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), speaks during a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities
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Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox News over the weekend that the recent surge U.S. officials are seeing on the southern border was not an accident but the result of a designed open borders strategy by the Biden administration.

Fox News host Mike Emanuel highlighted recent numbers that border officials saw for the month of January, which included “about 3,000 border arrests per day in January 2021, encounters at the border up 114% from the same time a year ago, the highest amount since July 2019.”

Asked to respond to those numbers, Homan said, “I wrote an op-ed for Fox News seven months ago and I said if Joe Biden became president, we would lose the border and it’s happening.”

“The surge is already there,” Homan said. “Now, you mentioned those numbers, but the truth is, it’s almost 4,000 crossings a day because Border Patrol isn’t adding [the ones who got away]. So there’s a way they count footprints in the sand and vehicle stop. So it’s about 4,000 a day. Now, you times that by a month, that’s 120,000 month, which is 1.4 million a year. And that’s why Title 42 is still in place for single adults. Once [the Remain In Mexico policy] stops adhering to Title 42, the numbers will be astronomical. And we knew this will happen because all the promises Joe Biden has made and he continues to make. And you know, so this isn’t by accident. This is by design. This is an open border strategy. He has bowed to the left, we lose the border.”

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MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS HOST: For more insight let’s turn to retired ICE director and Fox News contributor Tom Homan. Tom, welcome.

TOM HOMAN, FORMER ACTING ICE DIRECTOR: Thanks for having me.

EMANUEL: Let’s take a look at recent numbers. 2021 border encounters, Border Patrol averaged about 3,000 border arrests per day in January 2021, encounters at the border up 114% from the same time a year ago, the highest amount since July 2019. Tom, how do you assess those numbers?

HOMAN: Well you know, I wrote an op-ed for Fox News seven months ago and I said if Joe Biden became president, we would lose the border and it’s happening. The surge is already there. Now, you mentioned those numbers, but the truth is, it’s almost 4,000 crossings a day because Border Patrol isn’t adding [the ones who got away].  So there’s a way they count footprints in the sand and vehicle stop. So it’s about 4,000 a day. Now, you times that by a month, that’s 120,000 month, which is 1.4 million a year. And that’s why Title 42 is still in place for single adults. Once [Remain In Mexico] stops adhering to Title 42, the numbers will be astronomical. And we knew this will happen because all the promises Joe Biden has made and he continues to make. And you know, so this isn’t by accident. This is by design. This is an open border strategy. He has bowed to the left, we lose the border.

EMANUEL: Let’s put on the screen from the acting ICE director’s memo Tae Johnson quote, ‘generally these convictions would not include drug based crimes (less serious offenses), simple assault, DUI, money laundering, property crimes, fraud, tax crimes, solicitation, or charges without convictions. Tom, how do you respond?

HOMAN: ICE has lost 95% of their criminal targets they arrest every year, criminal targets, people convicted of crimes, 95% of them are off the table. Now the Biden administration says public safety is still important. Well, obviously not because DUI is a public safety issue, over 10,000 people a year die from DUIs and if Joe Biden ever sat down and talked to an angel mom or angel dad, and I’ve met hundreds of them, whose children were killed by someone here illegally, over a DUI, they’ve lost their children. And look this this isn’t about public safety at all, because he says sex offenders are still a priority. But he hasn’t done a thing about sanctuary cities. So sanctuary cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, I go on, Seattle, they’re not going to honor ICE detainers whether a sexual predator or not. So this [is] meaningless, this [is] disingenuous, to say sexual offenders are still a priority, but you know what, we’re not gonna let these big cities, you know, change the way they conduct business with ICE. And how they conduct business ICE? They don’t. They don’t accept their retainers. So this is this is disingenuous. This is a false narrative to the American people.

EMANUEL: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed these concerns this morning, take a listen.

[START VIDEO]

RON DESANTIS, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA: Of course, they’re not being screened for COVID at the southern border, because this is all political. So he’s opening the border, he’s letting illegals pour in. They’re not doing any COVID tests. They’re just coming into the communities.

[END VIDEO]

EMANUEL: What about the border issue as it relates to this pandemic we’re still dealing with?

HOMAN: Well, great quote, he’s exactly right. Thousands of family units have been released in the United States over the past few weeks, no COVID test. And [inaudible] released in American communities with no COVID test, and on top of that, as soon as they get to the destination, they qualify for a work visa, they’re going to be competing for the same jobs that unemployed Americans are competing for now because the unemployment rate is extremely high. So you know, the Biden administration says we’re concerned about COVID, we want federal mandates on masks, and we’re shutting down schools. At the same time, thousands of are coming across the border with no COVID test, no mask, being released in the U.S. to compete for the same us jobs that many of our middle class workers are gonna be competing for. It’s again, it’s a switch on the American people. They don’t care about employment of Americans, they don’t care about COVID, or they would take action on the border to protect Americans.

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