Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan stated on Saturday that border detention centers have been turned into “welcoming centers” by President Joe Biden’s open border policies on accepting illegal immigrants.
“They are changing these detention centers to what they call ‘reception centers,’” Homan said on “Fox & Friends” Saturday.
“They are actually welcoming centers because they get them in there quickly, they don’t test them, they release them and when they release them, they release them on an NTA, Notice to Appear … which means as they get to their destination they qualify for work authorization,” Homan added. “So not only are they pushing back against our public health crisis by having COVID being released, they are competing for the same scarce jobs that many Americans are competing for right now with the unemployment crisis.”
The former ICE chief pointed out that the illegal immigrants could have been detained in “an ICE family residential center that had doctors, nurses, children’s doctors and they had keeping people with diseases separate from other people,” but the Biden Administration is more concerned with “how quick we can release them.”
The former ICE chief said Americans should have “the right to demand” to know whether illegal immigrants are a risk for spreading Covid-19 and where they are planning on going while inside the United States once released. He claimed that local community assessments have found that 6.3% of migrants have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in Brownsville, Texas, and 13.8% in Cameron County, Texas.
“Any of these percentages would have shut down New York … but the Biden administration is choosing to release them into our communities. It’s incompetence,” Homan said, before continuing on to add that he is “not confident about this administration doing anything that’s right when it comes to immigration enforcement or the safety and security of this country.”
Biden’s immigration reforms could create a spike of migrants from Central America, and some of the unaccompanied children are not being sent back across the border at all.
The Biden administration is using a private detention facility from the Trump era to gather migrant children. The Department of Homeland Security would not say whether conditions in that camp will be any different than they were under the previous administration.
Under Biden’s non-deportation rules, immigrants can’t be deported if they get a DUI or commit fraud, tax crimes, or assault, Fox News reported.