In an interview on Monday with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency director Tom Homan blamed Democrats’ “open border attitude" for the recent deaths of migrant children held under federal custody, reports Newsweek.
Specifically, Homan targeted New York Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand for campaigning on the grounds of eliminating the immigration detention system entirely, if elected.
"It's ludicrous. I mean, she obviously didn't do her homework, she didn't study the data, she certainly didn't study the history of immigration."
"The reason that family units and the children are coming right now in record numbers, unprecedented numbers, is because they know we can't detain them all. She's just not that smart or she's not doing her homework.”
Homan also claimed that Gillibrand’s plan would in fact "cause a surge" in immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Look, the reason that family units and the children are coming right now in record numbers, unprecedented numbers, is because they know we can't detain them all."
"So, her answer to that is detain less? That will cause a surge like you'd never believe. You think the numbers are bad now?"
"That's what the problem is, when politicians like [Gillibrand] say things like, 'we won't detain anybody' and she supports sanctuary cities, she wants to abolish ICE... When you have the open border attitude more people are enticed to come to this country."