Acting ICE director Thomas Homan on Thursday touted a 45-year low in illegal immigration under President Donald Trump, but urged a fix to the underlying problem or else DACA will happen again in 10 years.
"Under this president, we had a 45-year low in illegal immigration on the border this year," Homan said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"That's not a coincidence. [Trump] is successful. He has allowed us to do our job," said Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Trump's inauguration.
"Let us continue down this path and once and for all, let's fix this problem on the border. We made a lot of good progress this year. We got a lot more to do."
The work left to do: Fix the underlying causes of illegal immigration, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation.
"I hear a lot of talk about a clean DACA bill. Let's just pass DACA and not worry about all this other stuff like the wall and border security," Homan said on Fox. "We need to fix the underlying causes of illegal immigration."
Homan cited the family units entering the country illegally now and the lax criminal system that allows them to skip court or disobey orders to leave if they do show up in court.
"If we don't address the causes of illegal immigration, if we don't give the men and women on the ground the tools to close these loopholes . . . to enforce immigration law in the interior of the United States, you're going to have DACA again in 10 years," Homan warned. "The families coming across now, that's your next DACA.
"Let's not just reward illegal behavior and end it there. Let's make some changes to fix this problem," Homan said.
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