Trump tags Tom Homan for ‘border czar,’ names contenders for top spots amid immigration shakeup

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Former Acting Director of ICE Tom Homan will be rejoining the Trump administration as a “border czar.”

President Donald Trump revealed the news during a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday, noting that the former Immigration and Customs Enforcement official will soon be “very much involved with the border.”

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His new role is unclear as yet but Trump spoke about Homan, who was the acting director of the agency until June of last year, as he revealed that he was bringing in “tough” people to handle immigration and the current crisis at the southern border.

“You’re bringing Tom Homan back?” Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade asked the president who had phoned in to the show.

“Tom Homan’s coming back. I would say that would be announced next week except I’d rather announce it now,” Trump responded. “He’s going to be very much involved with the border, that’s what he really wants to be involved with.”

The president noted how the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border was very different this week than last, touting the “terrific job” being done by Mexico following the agreement Trump was able to reach with the country’s leaders.

Kilmeade asked Trump what Homan’s job would be after Steve Doocy quipped that they would have to turn to a “plan B” as Homan is currently a Fox News contributor.

“He’ll be a border czar, he’ll be very much involved in the border, he’ll be reporting directly to me, he’ll be probably be working out of the White House but probably spending a lot of time at the border,” Trump said. “He’s a good man. Done a good job.”

Homan has been an outspoken supporter of Trump’s immigration policies, and has been very clear about Congress being at fault for the tens of thousands of migrants flooding the border, many of them being women and children from Central America.

“We are enticing people to come,” he told Fox News earlier this year.

“We need to get Congress to fix the loopholes that causes these caravans to come,” the former ICE official said, noting that “the numbers are up because half of Congress are for open borders.”

Trump also revealed that he had not made any decision yet on Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, saying he has not “put in the final recommendation.”

“He is doing a very nice job, we’re going to see, I’ve got to get used to him, because it’s a very important thing to me, the border,” he said.

The president also named other “tough” on immigration individuals, such as Mark Morgan to lead ICE and Ken Cuccinelli at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“Ken Cuccinelli just took over, he’s fantastic,” Trump said. “Tough as you get and smart and he’s doing much of the legal work and we are putting in some great, strong but fair and good people.”

In an opinion piece published by Fox News this week, Homan praised Trump for his deal with Mexico while calling out Democrats who have been critical of the president.

“If the Democrats want to call illegal immigration a manufactured crisis then they must accept that they manufactured it. They manufactured it because of their drive to see President Trump fail, their desire to have open borders, and their desire to turn illegal immigrants into American citizens and Democratic voters,” Homan wrote.

“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 added. “No one should want our president to fail. His success is America’s success.”

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