'They're Playing the Game': Homan Says Migrant Caravan Mostly Men Seeking Jobs, Not Women and Children
Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan warned that the migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border consists mostly of men seeking work, not women and children fleeing persecution.
Over the weekend, hundreds of migrants from the Central American caravan rushed the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif. U.S. border agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate various points along the border and threw what appeared to be rocks at U.S. authorities.
President Trump has threatened to "permanently" shut the border down if Mexico doesn't deport the migrants back to their countries of origin.
Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
On "America's Newsroom" Monday, Homan said Trump is "right on target," because Mexico must step up and deal with the caravan, which he claimed consists mostly of migrants without legitimate asylum claims.
"We've got to look at the facts here. A minority of this caravan -- a small minority -- is actually family members, women and children. Most of them are adult males," Homan said.
He said the people "coordinating" the caravan intentionally display the women and children prominently, and the media runs with those images "to pull the heartstrings of America."
"They're playing the game, some of the media outlets are playing the game," Homan said. "This is a vast majority of males seeking employment in the United States, not women and children."
He said men seeking employment in the U.S. is not a legitimate reason to claim asylum at the border.
Watch more from Homan above, including his reaction to Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) claim that Trump is "weaponizing" the border crisis.