New border czar: All illegal immigrants ‘should be worried, no population off the table’

Friday, June 14, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Paul Bedard
June 14, 2019

President Trump’s pick to be the nation’s first-ever “border czar” is a longtime former cop and immigration official who takes a hard line on illegal crossings.

Former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan told Secrets early in the Trump administration, for example, that he views every unauthorized border crossing as a crime that can and should be punished.

“If you are in this country illegally, and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried,” Homan told Secrets.

At the time Trump had asked him to stay on and he agreed. Homan later left the administration, despite rumors he was under consideration to be homeland security secretary. He has remained a strong advocate for Trump and tough immigration policies.

Insiders said that Trump likes Homan because he is unafraid to take on pro-immigration critics of the president and believes that any crime, including illegal border crossings, are a deportable offense.

“No population is off the table,” he told a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing in 2017. “We’ll issue detainers to anybody in the country illegally,” he said. “Our priorities are criminals first, but if you’re asking me if we are going to put detainers on people that have not been convicted of a crime, yes we will,” he added referring to the first step in deportation.

Groups that back Trump’s efforts to stop illegal immigration praised the Homan pick.

“The border has become increasingly porous, and action is desperately needed. Tom Homan is uniquely qualified to address these problems. I am confident he will provide the president with a comprehensive assessment of the situation as well as effective remedies,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of the Immigration Reform and Law Institute.

Trump announced his pick a week early, telling “Fox & Friends” Friday, “He’s fantastic, 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.”

Homan worked in immigration law enforcement for years and has deep roots. He is considered a “cop’s cop” who speaks bluntly.

Like the president, he has been very tough on the sanctuary city movement and pro-immigrant judges.

“Sanctuary cities are a danger to the men and women of ICE,” he said.

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