President Trump’s Message to Mexico: “You must do more.”
President Donald Trump, with his threat to shut down the US-Mexico border, is sending a message to Mexico that it must do more to help with the migrant caravan situation, former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said Friday.
“I think President Trump is sending a message, if this gets out of control, ‘I will shut the border down and make Mexico, event though Mexico assists us by offering asylum to a few thousand of their people, maybe they’ll patrol their southern border more and stop these caravans from coming in,'” Mr. Homan said in a TV interview.
President Trump also has threatened to shut down the government if border wall financing is not approved by Congress, and blamed the invading migrants at the southern border to Congress’ failure to take action on immigration.
“If anybody wants to put blame on what’s going on on the border, it’s Congress,” said Mt. Homan. “They need to look in the mirror. They have failed the American people…They have failed to raise the bar for asylum and failed to give ICE enough beds to they don’t have to catch and release. Failed to many times before.”
Meanwhile, if there is not a hard response from the U.S. government, there will be more caravans, Mr. Homan warned.
“We have got to act decisively,” he said. “We have the right President to do that.”
He added that he think Mexico has has not done all it could do because there is a new incoming President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, taking office soon.
“I hope they take a look at this and defend the border,” said Mr. Homan. “They are a sovereign country too. The Mexican citizens have had enough of it also.”
The US Department of Justice Tuesday said it would continue to defend President Trump’s decision to make immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico ineligible for asylum, after a federal judge temporarily blocked the policy.
Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point along the U.S.-Mexico frontier.
But civil rights groups sued, and on Monday U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order saying Congress has clearly allowed immigrants to apply for asylum regardless of how they entered the country.
The Justice Department on Tuesday said it was “absurd” that Tigar allowed civil rights groups to have the ability “to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.