Supporters of President Trump’s immigration policies that have cut illegal crossings 80% and put sanctuary cities on notice are warning that a November victory by Democrat Joe Biden will result in a historic surge of immigrants who believe his promise to stop most deportations.
“All the success President Trump has made, 80% decline on the southern border, goes away, Day One, if he doesn’t retain the presidency,” warned former Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Homan.
“We lose the border,” he added.
Homan made his comments today in an online conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies and with immigration hawk and CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian. Those two and others who support Trump’s actions have warned that all the work the president has done on the issue, including construction of 170 miles of new border wall, will end under Biden.
Krikorian:. What happens on immigration is Biden wins in Nov? Homan:. We lose the border. He wants to end enforcement. https://t.co/434EnPTFJN
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) April 29, 2020
Homan, pitching his new book, Defend the Border and Save Lives: Solving Our Most Important Humanitarian and Security Crisis, said Democrats are eager to use the immigration issue to portray Trump as a failure.
“They want to make immigration an issue for 2020. They want to try to show that this president has failed on his No. 1 campaign promise and has been unsuccessful,” he said.
But he added that in cutting border crossings with no help from Congress or federal courts, “He’s been very successful doing it all by himself.”
Homan, who worked in immigration law enforcement for decades before leaving government in mid-2018, said that immigrants would begin lining up after Election Day if Biden wins.
For proof, he referred to a recent appeals court decision that put in doubt the “remain in Mexico” program Trump has with Mexico.
“The day they said we’re going to stop the remain in Mexico program, hundreds, hundreds of illegal aliens in Mexico were lining up to come across the border,” he said. “It was within hours of that decision that we were looking at another surge. It’s proven itself,” he added.
The Supreme Court eventually upheld the Trump policy.
Author: Paul Bedard
Source: Washington Examiner: Ex-ICE chief warns of border surge on ‘Day One’ of Biden presidency