Biden’s border response ‘isn’t incompetence’ it ‘is by design’: Fmr. ICE director Tom Homan

Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan blasted President Joe Biden and his administration for reversing most of the Trump White House’s immigration enforcement policies, claiming the current border crisis is all “by design.”

Fox News host Mark Levin suggested to Homan during an interview Sunday that the administration’s real strategy behind the current border surge is to “overwhelm the system, break the system, then blame the system and take control.”

“You’re correct,” Homan responded. “The Biden administration is still trying to blame President Trump for what’s going on the border right now. They’re ignoring the fact that — I don’t care if you love President Trump or hate him — you cannot deny the fact that he gave us the most secure border in my career, which is almost thirty-five years.

“I started in 1984 as a Border Patrol agent,” Homan continued. “I spent my entire career on border enforcement, immigration enforcement, and President Trump got it right. He had unprecedented success on that border.”

(Video: Fox News)

Biden’s border policy changes, all via executive order, include a halt to wall construction, an end to Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, and a suspension of a series of agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to have their citizens apply for asylum in their own countries rather than after they cross illegally into the U.S.

The former acting ICE chief noted further that the former president “understood that 90 percent of the Central Americans that come to our border to claim asylum never get relief from U.S. courts. They simply don’t qualify. That data’s easily available on the Department of Justice website; anybody can look at it.”

However, he continued, “I doubt President Biden has looked at it or [DHS Secretary] Alejandro Mayorkas has looked at it, because if they did, then they’re facilitating immigration fraud on the border.”

Homan went on to explain that during President Barack Obama’s second term, when Biden was his VP and current Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was the deputy DHS secretary, “we built detention facilities, thousands of them. We held people long enough to see a judge. We let ICE remove them and we took away the enticements.”

But now, “Joe Biden has sold out this country to the progressive left to win an election,” Homan said. “He’s a different person … Alejandro Mayorkas is a different person.” 

As such, Homan continued, migrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. are now being set free “as soon as they can, within three days. ICE has been decapitated. They lost 90 percent of their authority. They’re not executing judges’ orders, and we keep throwing out more enticements.

“This isn’t incompetence. This is by design. This is an open borders agenda that we all knew was coming,” he added.

In a related development, Getty Images Special Correspondent John Moore has said that he’s been able to photograph Customs and Border Enforcement detention facilities for years under various administrations, but for the first time, he is being prevented from doing so by the Biden White House.

“I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations. I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media. These long lens images taken from the Mexican side,” Moore wrote on Twitter late last week.

“There’s no modern precedent for a full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations. To those who might say, cut them some slack – they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role,” he added.

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