Tom Homan praised President Trump on "Fox & Friends" for keeping his firm stance on border wall funding as the partial government shutdown entered its third week.

Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said that it's "immoral" for congressional leaders to put their "hatred" for Trump ahead of protecting the United States.

"What they fail to understand is a win on the border by the president is a win for America," he said Sunday. "Securing our nation, that's a win. That's a win for everybody."

A working group met with Democratic staff Saturday at the White House -- including Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen --  in an attempt to resolve the border stalemate.


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The day prior, President Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden that he'd be willing to keep the government shut down until a border deal is reached.

Homan added Sunday that securing the U.S.-Mexico border with a wall has nothing to do with racism, just keeping criminals out of the United States.

"[Trump] has looked at the data, which Democrats fail to do. ... [A wall] has proven effective every place it's built at," Homan said.

He said he'd like to see Trump hold a presidential address and speak to Americans directly.

"I really think that when America hears the truth about what's going on that border, when they actually see the effectiveness of the wall, more people are going to push Democratic leadership to give the president the $5 billion he's seeking," Homan said.


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