Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan, a Fox News contributor, recently shared his insights on the pressing issue of the U.S. border crisis on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend.’ Homan, a decorated law enforcement officer with a notable tenure leading ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), expressed a robust plan for substantial immigration reform if former President Trump secures a return to the White House in 2025.
Homan reiterated his commitment to unfreezing the agency and initiating what he referred to as a “historic” deportation program, vowing that no illegal immigrant would be exempt from enforcement under his proposed initiative. Notably recognized for his efficiency in deportation operations during the Obama administration, Homan proudly considers his record in this regard a “badge of honor,” evidenced by a framed Washington Post article in his office.
Highlighting the significant drop in deportations since the Biden administration took office, Homan fiercely defended ICE’s conduct under his leadership against left-wing criticism, emphasizing the agency’s crucial role in enforcing immigration laws. He emphasized that targeted enforcement operations, rather than indiscriminate “sweeps,” would be conducted to prioritize the removal of specific criminal illegal immigrants, while acknowledging the potential for collateral arrests during these operations.
Addressing the logistical needs for an expansive deportation operation, Homan emphasized the necessity of more detention beds, increased manpower, technological support, and legislative measures to prevent future immigration benefits for individuals ignoring court removal orders. Moreover, he called for accountability for sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE detainers.
Anticipating opposition from left-wing activist groups and Democratic lawmakers, Homan asserted the significance of executing court decisions in the due process of the asylum system. He underscored that adherence to court orders and enforcement of immigration laws are integral components of maintaining the integrity of the system, criticizing the opposition’s stance against deportations despite court rulings.
Realistically acknowledging the daunting task of removing the millions of illegal immigrants, especially those who entered the U.S. during the Biden administration, Homan stressed the importance of making a concerted effort to remove as many as possible to address the ongoing border crisis. He argued that robust enforcement of immigration laws is not only just but also crucial in stemming the tide of illegal immigration by demonstrating consequences for those who disregard the law.
In Homan’s view, the effective enforcement of immigration laws and consequent deportations serve as a deterrent, signaling to other countries that individuals entering illegally will face deportation, thereby diminishing the primary incentive for illegal immigration.