Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan predicted Democrats won't be able to "abolish ICE," as some lawmakers have called for, but they will try to "bankrupt" the agency to render it ineffective.

As the clock ticks toward another government shutdown, bipartisan talks over border security funding have reportedly "completely broken down," apparently over Democrats' opposition to the number of ICE detention beds.

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Homan said some Democrats' goal is to take funding and support away so ICE "can't do their job."


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He said the proposal to limit ICE's ability to house detained illegal immigrants is a "non-starter." He predicted that President Trump will declare a national emergency to access previously appropriated funds for border security, including the wall.

"There isn't going to be an agreement. They're so far to the left, they ought to just go home at this point," Homan said. 

He said that ICE agents put their lives on the line every day, and it's demoralizing for them to see that roughly half of Congress does not support them.

"When you hear the talk that Democrats are doing right now, it's hard to go to work every day and put your life on the line knowing that the Democrats don't think illegal immigration's a problem," Homan said.

"They're patriots, they put their lives on the line every day to do the right thing for this country, but it's got to be a morale-buster after a while."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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