Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan blasted Democrats Monday for backing policies that encourage Central American migrants to undertake the dangerous journey to the U.S. border. 

The migrant caravan, which started with 200 people in Honduras, swelled in size over the weekend to between 5,000 and 7,000 migrants

Homan said Democrats' opposition to the border wall and calls to abolish ICE have a negative effect. 

"That sends a message to people to make that journey and more people are going to be victimized because of it," he said on "America's Newsroom."

Homan said he has seen women raped, people tortured and migrants suffocated to death in the back of a trailer as a result of "criminal organizations" making money by transporting people over the border.

"When you have weak immigration laws, that's what happens. These people are at the mercy of criminal organizations," he explained.

The president said last week that if necessary, he'd call in the U.S. military to stop the thousands of migrants attempting to gain illegal entry into the country. Trump tweeted Monday morning that Mexican authorities cannot stop the caravan, claiming "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners" are traveling in the caravan. 

The caravan marched toward the Mexican city of Tapachula early on Sunday, escorted by law enforcement. Homan said that the option of military intervention to protect the border is one that needs to be on the table.



Homan said he hopes American voters are "paying attention" to the Democrats' views on illegal immigration compared to President Trump. 

"The president is 100 percent right on this point," he said.

"The vast majority of Democrats don't want to fix this system. They don't want to give this president a win on immigration, a win on the border issue. This is all about putting their political hatred of this president ahead of national security and public safety and ahead of the safety of the American patriots on the line who wear that uniform. It's disgusting," he said. 

Watch the full interview above. 


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