Former ICE Director Advocates Return To Trump Immigration Policies
After years of rampant illegal immigration due to Biden administration policies that essentially opened the nation’s southern border, a growing number of Americans are calling for a return to the significantly more restrictive platform of former President Donald Trump.
One such voice is former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, who weighed in on the current situation during a recent podcast interview.
“Look, what’s happening on the border right now is not a resource issue,” he declared. “It’s a policy issue. If they would simply go back to the Trump policies that gave us the most secure border in our lifetime, we’d be there.”
Homan went on to lay out precisely the steps he believes would bring about an end to the spike in illegal immigration that has plagued the current administration while leaving open the possibility for policy reform that could help migrants more easily enter the U.S. legally at some point down the line.
“Mandate E-Verify, finish the wall, then we’ll talk about what you want to do as far as future immigration,” he suggested.
In a separate interview, Homan indicated that he is interested in joining forces with the Trump administration in a prospective second term.
Tom Homan says when Trump wins, he is going back to the White House with him to run the biggest deportation operation this country has ever seen.
“I promised President Trump when he announced, that if he goes back, I go back. And I’m gonna run the biggest deportation operation… pic.twitter.com/RMcue0nhpa
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As Trump campaigns for a second term in the White House, he has focused extensively on the perceived need to re-enforce the immigration policies of his first term as well as the implementation of new safeguards.
His re-election platform includes a call for screening meant to exclude migrants with ideologies that do not align with American values, an end to birthright citizenship, speedier deportation of migrant criminals and new construction on the border wall he initiated following his 2017 inauguration.
“For those passionate about securing our immigration system … the first 100 days of the Trump administration will be pure bliss — followed by another four years of the most hard-hitting action conceivable,” promised longtime Trump adviser Stephen Miller earlier this year.
Homan is far from the only prominent figure who has called for a return to Trump’s hard-line immigration agenda.
Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, a self-described Democrat who has long been a vocal Trump critic, recently acknowledged that the former president was right on a number of issues, including the border.
“The work on the border wall, we didn’t like the messenger so we killed the message,” he said. “Turned out it was right.”