The former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director said Friday that the border has become “a national security crisis” as border patrol agents were too busy with migrant children to stop drug smugglers.
Thomas Homan, who had just returned from a trip to the Southern border, told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that he spoke to a number of border security agents about the surge in migrant children arriving and how it was affecting their work. (RELATED: ‘People Will Die. People Will Be Raped’: Former Acting ICE Chief Says Biden Has Declared America A ‘Sanctuary Jurisdiction’)
“‘What’s so frustrating Mr. Homan, we know that we will have … foot traffic, camera traffic of drug smugglers that we can’t respond to while we’re taking care of these children,” Homan recalled one saying.
The former ICE director said the criminal cartels “are taking advantage of this humanitarian crisis.” Homan also said the cartels target parts of the border by dropping off “200 family groups to one area” and then moving drugs across other sections of the border that are unprotected.
“The criminal cartels control the drug cartels. They [say] go here and get this this time and this place so while all the border patrol personnel are tied up, they’re going to run their drugs — and they’re bad folks, MS-13 — to unguarded portions.”
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that President Joe Biden’s policies subjected kids to “horrific abuse” at the border as they were crammed into holding facilities. (RELATED: ‘We Should Be Stopping This’: Mark Morgan Says Biden Border Policy Is Empowering Cartels, Border Smuggling)
On March 21, Biden suggested his administration could bring back the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Former President Donald Trump has made it known through an aide that he was considering a trip to the Southern border to assess the situation.