Fox News contributor Thomas Homan said Tuesday that Sen. Chuck Schumer is putting his "political hatred" ahead of his responsibility to protect the country in opposing the president's desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Echoing remarks recently made by the Senate minority leader, Homan -- the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) -- said he's "aghast" at Schumer's flip-flop in support of a border barrier.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) had said Democrats are "aghast" that Trump wants to build a border wall that would be "the symbol of America." He said that he's told Trump "to his face" that America's symbolic structure should remain the Statue of Liberty.

Schumer, however, as recently as 2009 said illegal immigration is "wrong" and that illegal "aliens" should not be treated the same as legal immigrants.

"This president is negotiating. It's the Democrats who haven't given one inch on negotiations," Homan said on America's Newsroom.


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The Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a bill on Monday that would provide the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking for the construction of a wall.

The legislation would also fully fund the government through Sept. 30 and is in line with Trump's offer, which also includes a three-year protections extension for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Homan added that Schumer won't vote in favor a barrier along the border because he doesn't want to give President Trump a victory.

"He's putting his political hatred of this president over his responsibility to protect this nation," he said of Schumer.

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