Former ICE Director Blasts Congress: If They 'Fixed the Loopholes, Caravan Wouldn't Exist'
Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said Tuesday on "The Ingraham Angle" that if Republicans and Democrats in Congress closed "loopholes" in the law that allow for "catch and release" and other perceptively problematic situations, the migrant caravans would cease to exist.
"Most of these people are not legitimate asylum seekers," Homan said, adding that the thousands of Honduran nationals had the opportunity to seek asylum in Mexico -- "the first safe place" they crossed into -- but only a few did.
Homan said that fact shows the caravan's goal is not to seek asylum but rather seek a new life in the United States.
Congress, he said, "ought to be here in D.C. fixing the loopholes that allow the caravan to exist in the first place," he said.
He said the interparty and intraparty battles on Capitol Hill are not about protecting the border, but "taking on the Trump administration."
Immigration advocate Lisa Johnson Firth said that America's past history of intervention in Central America "created the refugee crisis," to which Homan disagreed.
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