Thomas Homan, former President Barack Obama's executive associate director of ICE, said that the "cages" many Democrats rail against President Donald Trump for were ushered in by the Obama administration.
He also pointed out that the facilities were not initially meant to house children. Homan served in his position within the Obama administration between May 2013 and January 2017.
Many Democrats have railed against Trump for housing migrant children in such "cages" at the border.
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In remarks at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, Homan said, "I've been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under [former Homeland Security] Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built."
Homan went on to point to a time when a Democratic lawmaker asked a Trump official, "You still keeping those kids in cages?"
With a fiery response, Homan retorted, "I would answer the question, 'The kids are being housed in the same facility built under the Obama administration.'"
"If you want to call them cages, call them cages," he continued. "But if the left wants to call them cages, and the Democrats want to call them cages, then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in [fiscal year] 2015,"he pointed out, when Obama was president.
Homan also explained that the facilities were not initially intended to be used to "take care of children."
Earlier in June, Homan said that deporting illegal immigrants with final orders is effective.
"I've said many times, there are over 100,000 family units with final orders, been ordered removed by an immigration judge," Homan told Fox News during an interview. "We need to seek them out and return them to their homeland. We need to execute the final orders issued by the judges, or there's no integrity to the entire system. That's not being done; we need to do it. I did it four years ago and it worked. I can't understand why that's not happening."