Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan had some strong words for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, on securing the border and handling migrants.
During an interview on Fox News, Homan was asked about the death of a young migrant boy who died in U.S. custody after illegally entering the country.
Last week, Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died in U.S. custody after his father dangerously forced him to embark on a long journey from Mexico to the U.S. and then refused medical attention from American officials.
In response to Alonzo-Gomez’s death — which likely could have been prevented if his father had accepted medical treatment — Pelosi slammed ICE and federal immigration officials.
Homan explained why he was so frustrated with Pelosi and brought the data to prove how wrong Pelosi is on the issue.
“She is 100 percent wrong, so let me educate Ms. Pelosi. As far as crime coming across the border, ICE arrested 138,000 criminals last year. These are people that entered the country illegally and committed a crime against a citizen of this country,” he began.
He added: “Over 2,000 homicides, over 11,000 weapons violations, over 11,000, almost 12,000 sexual assault crimes and sexual crimes. So crime does come across that border. The didn’t just miraculously appear in the United States. They entered the country illegally.”
Homan said that also applies to migrants bringing diseases across the border, noting that ICE screens for TB, chicken pox, measles, lice, and other diseases.
“I remember a case two years ago where a man had a strain of TB we couldn’t even treat,” Homan said. “We had to work with the CDC, the Texas Department of Health to try to find a way to treat this gentleman so we kept him locked up for months at great taxpayer expense.”
Homan also encouraged Pelosi to examine the data for ICE arresting MS-13 gang members and fentanyl-laced drug confiscations.
“There’s your data,” Homan said. “Look at it and you can see why we need a wall.”
Homan called the death of young children at the border “very sad,” but noted that heartbreaking deaths will continue so long as families make dangerous journeys to illegally enter the U.S.
He also called on Pelosi and Democrats to work with Trump and Republicans to close immigration loopholes that have been plaguing the system.
“When you don’t fix these [asylum] loopholes, you entice people to come to this country because they think they can get to a safe sanctuary city,” Homan explained.
With Friday marking the seventh day of the federal government shut down, Trump and Democrats are locked over the issue of border security.
Last Thursday, House Republicans voted 217-185 to approve a measure that would keep the government open and allocate $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
The bill is now waiting a full vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are hashing it out over funding for border security.
Trump originally wanted $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats only offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer.