'We've Got to Stand By the Rule of Law': ICE Director Responds to Outrage Over Migrant Family Separations
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan appeared on "Fox & Friends" to respond to the massive public outcry over children being separated from their parents as they attempt to cross into the U.S. illegally.
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance” policy in dealing with migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally, approximately 2,300 children were separated from their families since early May.
President Trump has not backed down from the policy, and on Tuesday he called on Congress to come up with comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
"Separating families is unfortunate, it's sad, but we've got to enforce the law," said Homan, who is retiring at the end of the month.
He said the Border Patrol agents who have come under fire amid this controversy are only enforcing the laws that Congress enacted.
"Congress needs to do their job. They can fix it. The president's right on point on this," Homan said. "We've got to have the rule of law in this country."
He said if members of Congress really wanted to keep migrant families together, they could make a change to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, but they want it to be an issue.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas.
In addition to the three centers — in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville — a fourth is planned for Houston.
Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the kids — who have no idea where their parents are — were hysterical, crying and acting out.