Former ICE Director Tom Homan Thanks Fox News For Defending Agency Against ‘Abolish ICE’ Movement


Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director and current Fox News contributor Tom Homan thanked the network for their help in supporting the agency amid calls for its removal.

“With the help of Fox News, and myself, and the president, we’re all just saying, look, abolishing ICE equals open borders, because, if you get into the country illegally, no one’s going to look to for you to remove you, which is going to be a further enticement,” Homan said while on Fox News today. “Abolishing ICE is enticing people to come, sanctuary cities entices people to come.”

The “abolish ICE” movement became widely popular among progressives in the build-up to the 2018 midterm elections, with many Democratic representatives and some senators either signing on to the cause or calling for notable reforms to the agency. ICE as a progressive target reached its highest point when the Trump administration was enacting its family separation policy at the border.

During the segment, Homan also said ICE will “be hit hard with budget” cuts by Democrats.

“I think the House Appropriations — which will be under the control of the Democrats here soon — I think they’re gonna’ look to cut the ICE budget, which means it’ll fund less beds which equals less arrests, less deportations, and more catch and release,” he said. “I certainly think it’ll be a struggle with the House under Democratic control, because they don’t want immigration enforcement.”

He concluded his message by saying, “They may not abolish ICE, but they’re going to strangle them on funding.”

Politico reported yesterday that Trump is considering Homan to replace DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has come under the president’s crosshairs due to their disagreements on immigration enforcement.

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