ICYMI: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf's First Interview on Fox and Friends

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ICYMI: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf  Interview on Fox and Friends

Top Takeaways

  • On Sanctuary Jurisdictions: “These are magnets and these are havens for criminals, and they make those communities less safe and not more safe. And it makes the officers of ICE, it makes their job more difficult and puts them in danger. So we need to call it out and describe what it really is, and that is it is causing these communities to be less secure and more dangerous.”

  • On Constructing New Border Wall: “We are building new wall, Brian. Under President Trump's leadership, we built 83 miles. We have another 153 under construction and we are on track to build between 450 and 500 miles by the end of 2020. I hear this fallacy that we are replacing wall, we are not building new wall. I would say if you are going to tear down a shack and build a five or six bedroom house you don't call that a replacement shack. You call that a new house.”

  • On Fighting Transnational Criminal Organizations: “We are going after the financing of these transnational criminal organizations. We look at the enforcement posture that we have with the government of Mexico. Our partnership there has increased under President Trump's leadership. We are also signing a number of agreements with our Central American partners.”

Secretary Wolf on Fox

 

Transcript:

BRIAN KILMEADE: The new acting head of Homeland Security taking illegal immigration head on. The DHS Secretary was in North Carolina yesterday, Raleigh to be specifically, to tackle sanctuary cities in that state. His visit comes months after the governor vetoed a bill that would have required sheriffs to cooperate with immigration officials. You think they would be incumbent on the position. Joining us now exclusively in his first tv interview since assuming the post Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. Mr. Secretary, congratulations. why is this your first area to attack?

ACTING DHS SECRETARY CHAD WOLF: Thank you, Brian, for having me this morning. I think sanctuary city policies endanger communities. They make the men and women of ICE, their job more difficult. So they are not protecting communities, they are endangering the communities. I thought it was important in my first week to call that out and to stand with the men and women of ICE to do so.

KILMEADE: Some of the things you pointed out yesterday there have been 480 ICE refused by North Carolina law enforcement of late and over the fiscal year 2019. That's a problem. You want to present this and hear the other side, but most of all you want to stop this practice primarily because it's a magnet.

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: Absolutely, we heard from sheriffs, we heard from elected officials, and most importantly we heard from Angel Families yesterday on the devastating effects that sanctuary policies have. Part of my job is to make sure that the American people hear about that. That the North Carolinians hear about that on what certain officials and jurisdictions in North Carolina are doing when they talk about sanctuary policies. And these are magnets and these are havens for criminals, and they make those communities less safe and not more safe. And it makes the officers of ICE, it makes their job more difficult and puts them in danger. So we need to call it out and describe what it really is, and that is it is causing these communities to be less secure and more dangerous.

KILMEADE: Right. The other area, you have a huge portfolio, but one of which is the border wall. And a lot of controversy with it. We know that the president was able to re-purpose defense spending money and start building it. Are you building new wall or replacing old wall?

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: We are building new wall, Brian. Under President Trump's leadership, we built 83 miles. We have another 153 under construction and we are on track to build between 450 and 500 miles by the end of 2020. I hear this fallacy that we are replacing wall, we are not building new wall. I would say if you are going to tear down a shack and build a five or six bedroom house you don't call that a replacement shack. You call that a new house. When we are building and tearing down 7 to 8-foot shanty landy matte wall with an 18 to 30-foot wall. That's new wall. It gives the border patrol, the agents at CBP new capabilities they have never had before. So that is new wall, new construction and we're getting on with it.

KILMEADE: There is talk about putting that camera, that yule log type camera on the wall to watch the construction being done so you can tune in at any moment. Are you for that? Do you see that getting done?

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: I'm for -- I'm letting the public -- I'm for having the public and anyone look at our wall construction. I think when you talk about wall construction, there is two phases. there is the land acquisition which we are doing in Texas and others. and actual construction of the wall. Anyone that wants to take a look at that wall construction is happy to do. So there are certain things we have to keep in mind and considerations. There are certain operational aspects of having cameras along the border, making sure we don't get the bad guys a view into how our agents operate along the border and the type of construction that's going on. So we have got to make sure that we balance letting the public see what's going on with the operational considerations that our agents need on the border.

KILMEADE: Right, so its not just a matter illegals coming here. You also worry about gangs.

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: Absolutely.

KILMEADE: With gangs comes illegal activity, where are you at confronting. This what has been done in the past where you think you can nuances with a different approach?

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: So I think at the department we are going after the financing of these transnational criminal organizations. We look at the enforcement posture that we have with the government of Mexico. Our partnership there has increased under President Trump's leadership. We are also signing a number of agreements with our Central American partners. Both asylum agreements, border security agreements, biometric agreements that again are stopping these dangerous cartels at their source. And then we have a number of agreements and policies in place should they actually get to our southern border that, again, is stopping this flow. The flow is what fuels these TCOs. So if you can cut off their financing, can you cut off their deadly -- the results of what they do.

KILMEADE: Real quick, is it true that you will start sending those held up in Mexico back to Honduras and Central America?

ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: Absolutely. Again. we have agreements in place with Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala on asylum seekers. We started our first flights last week. and we will continue to push progress. Giving folks the ability to seek refuge closer to home and that's really the goal that we're trying to do here.

KILMEADE: Best of luck, he has got  one of the hardest jobs in Washington. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Thank you very much.

 

Additional Coverage of Acting Secretary Wolf’s Visit to North Carolina