Former ICE Director Tom Homan Warns of Escalating Crisis at US Southern Border and Calls for Action on National Security Threats
Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Arizona is the next “ground zero” for illegal immigration and fentanyl trafficking at a press conference in Phoenix on Jan. 26, 2023. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)
Tom Homan, former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), expressed concerns about the crisis at the U.S. southern border, which he described as “the largest homeland security intelligence failure since 9/11.” Homan predicted the situation will worsen after the lifting of Title 42 on May 11. Title 42 is a COVID-19 pandemic-era policy that allowed officials to quickly expel illegal immigrants. Homan also emphasized the low morale among ICE and Border Patrol agents, attributing it to a lack of leadership and an inability to enforce immigration laws. Furthermore, he raised concerns about the record number of illegal immigrants from China crossing the border, highlighting the national security risks associated with those who avoid being detained.
Homan criticized the Biden administration for not holding China and Mexico accountable for the flow of fentanyl and other illegal drugs into the United States. He argued that China is “poisoning the country” with fentanyl, as over 100,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdoses, more than any terrorist attack. Homan suggested that Biden could shut down ports of entry, impose additional tariffs on Mexico and China, and pressure Mexico to place military personnel on its borders to address the illegal immigrant and drug issues.