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Rashida Tlaib Calls Former ICE Chief ‘Ruthless And Inhumane’ In Fiery Hearing Exchange
- The House Oversight Committee held a hearing about USCIS and its momentary halt on its “medical action deferment” program.
- During the hearing, Rashida Tlaib accused former ICE chief Thomas Homan of being “ruthless and inhumane” for his work enforcing U.S. immigration laws.
- In a fiery response, Homan reminded Tlaib that ICE has saved women and children from slavery, taken criminals off the streets, and has captured enough drugs to kill the entire U.S. population two times over.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief Thomas Homan traded barbs on Wednesday after the freshman lawmaker attacked his tenure atop the agency.
The House Oversight and Reform committee held a hearing Wednesday regarding the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its “medical action deferment” program. The program allows illegal immigrants suffering from deadly illnesses to avoid deportation if they are receiving life-saving treatment not available in their home countries.
The agency attracted controversy in late August when it announced it would no longer allow essential medical treatment in the U.S. to be a basis to prevent deportation, and would instead defer applications to ICE. However, amid public backlash, the agency reversed course shortly afterwards and said it would reconsider applications.
During the House Oversight hearing, Tlaib took time out of her speech to specifically target Homan, who formerly served as President Donald Trump’s acting ICE director. Homan was a part of the panel that spoke before the committee.
“Mr. Homan, as a fellow American I just want you to know, your contribution as acting director of ICE under this administration will always be remembered as one that was very ruthless and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers,” Tlaib said Wednesday during her closing remarks.
“I’m deeply troubled by your opening statement and continued assault on innocent lives, and I ask that this administration please stop playing politics with the lives of the children before this committee, but also with the lives of many Americans that are directly impacted by the continued broken immigration system in our country,” the Michigan congresswoman said.
Homan asked the committee to be given a chance to respond, but New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria-Cortez, who was presiding over the committee at the time, would not allow it. She instead said the next member who was up to speak — Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy — could give up some of his own time to allow Homan a rebuttal.
Homan was given a chance to respond after a brief exchange about the medical deferment program and how ICE would manage it.
“Let’s be frank on what ICE does. ICE last year took [enough] opioids off the street of this country that could have killed every man, woman and child in the United States twice. They’ve arrested thousands of sexual predators that preyed on children. They rescued thousands of children who were victims of predators. They’ve arrested hundreds of women who were victims of sex trafficking,” the former ICE chief said. “I am proud of the agency and ICE.”
Homan then noted that “nearly 90%” of the illegal migrants his agency arrests for immigration violations carry either a criminal background or a pending criminal charge upon apprehension.
“[This means they were] found in the county jail, which most likely means they weren’t a choir boy,” he continued. “I find it appalling that a member of Congress would throw that out there like that. In my 34 years, I’ve never seen such hate toward a law enforcement agency in my life.” (RELATED: Former ICE Director Tom Homan Leaves Ocasio-Cortez Speechless On Immigration)
At that point in his response, Ocasio-Cortez told him his time was up, and began to bang the gavel in order to make him stop talking.
Former ICE chief to AOC: ‘Never seen such hate toward law enforcement’
Newcomer to Congress gavels down critic
Socialist newcomer to Congress Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has had verbal run-ins with former ICE acting director Thomas Homan before.
This time it wasn’t pretty.
A video posted online shows Homan going after her in a House hearing for demanding to abolish the law enforcement agency “rather than do YOUR job and legislate.”
She repeatedly tells him his time is up, and finally she slams down a gavel after someone sitting next to her points her to it.
See the images:
“In my 34 years, I’ve never seen such hate toward a law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them rather than do YOUR job and legislate.”
Just a few months back, she was demanding in a hearing that he confirm he supported separating children and their parents when they come across the border illegally.
Homan refused to say the words she wanted, insisting that his policy recommendation was for zero tolerance.
When she pointed out that included separating children from parents, he explained to her that it’s what happens in the criminal justice system when a parent faces charges.
She argued that those applying for asylum aren’t facing charges. And he pointed out there is a legal process for asylum, and those who enter illegally do face charges. In those instances, parents are separated from their children just as any criminal defendant in the United States would be.
Ocasio-Cortez, besides claiming the world has only 12 years to solve global warming and wondering whether it’s still OK to have children, chased a proposed Amazon headquarters out of her district. And she’s famously called the detention centers started by President Obama for illegal immigrants “concentration camps.”
She blames the camps on President Trump, who inherited them from Obama.
See her response when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her if she called the centers “concentration camps” while Obama was in office:
Homan confirmed that, despite Ocasio-Cortez’ allegations, the centers were launched by Obama’s administration.
“I was there … when it was built,” he said.