Following the president’s deal with Mexico in an effort to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan says he will believe it when he sees it working.
President Donald Trump struck a deal with Mexico late Friday, just days ahead of his start date to place tariffs on Mexican goods as a means to get the country to help with the massive influx of migrants traveling through to try and cross into the U.S. illegally.
The immigration agreement between the U.S. and Mexico means asylum-seekers will now wait in Mexico during the processing of their cases. Mexico will also now deploy security forces to the border.
However, Homan said he “won’t be convinced until [it] actually happens.”
“This president’s already done more — concerning all the resistance he takes from the Democratic Party, some in his own party didn’t agree with the tariff threat and the courts — regardless of all this resistance, he’s already done more than any other president I’ve ever worked for,” Homan said.
The former ICE director called the agreement the “first great steps, we just got to make sure it’s implemented the correct way.”
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While Trump’s tariffs drew backlash, even from some Republican lawmakers, GOP members of Congress rallied in support of the president’s agreement with Mexico, as IJR Red reported.
“I appreciate President Trump’s bold leadership and applaud this agreement,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
The senator’s praise is in stark contrast to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who decided to instead mock the president.
“Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future,” Schumer tweeted late Friday.
However, Trump seems unphased, as he tweeted numerous times early Saturday.
“Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” he wrote.
“Everyone very excited about the new deal with Mexico!” Trump added.