Homan on Nat'l Emergency: Dems Had Trump 'in a Corner' Over Border Security Decision
President Trump made the right decision by declaring a national emergency on the southern border, Fox News contributor Tom Homan said Saturday.
Trump made the announcement on Friday, just hours ahead of the midnight deadline to avoid another partial government shutdown.
Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Fox & Friends that Democrats put Trump "in a corner" in his decision-making.
"Either sign this terrible bill or shut the government down," he said, referring to the border-security package that provides around $1.4 billion for new barriers.
Homan said that declaring a national emergency, which would divert billions of dollars toward wall construction, shows Trump is doing "the right thing" for Americans.
He said that the border bill contains "terrible language" and that it protects parents and sponsors of unaccompanied minors.
He also said that former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have gone "so far left" in supporting the removal of existing border barriers.
"The best thing to ever happen to this administration is these people going so far left," he said. "I think most of the American people understand."
Homan said that as a New Yorker himself, he thinks Gillibrand is embarrassing the state.
"She'll change her mind tomorrow. She used to be pro-immigration enforcement," he said. "What she says doesn't matter to me. ... I'm embarrassed for her."
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