Friday, former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE Chief Tom Homan was called to Washington where he was berated on his lack of humanity by several House Democrats.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee had called Homan there for a hearing that would focus on the treatment of migrant children at the Department of Homeland Security facilities along the southern border of the US. However, when Democrats on the Committee began to attack Homan and falsely accuse him of being racist, things got a little heated.
Democrat Representative Jesus Garcia said Homan didn’t care about migrant children dying, implying that it was because they didn’t “look like” his own children.
“How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch? Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you?
Really? How could someone be so insensitive?
But Homan wasn’t about to let that go.
Homan quickly responded with, “Your comments are disgusting. For you to sit there and insult my integrity, and my love for my country, and for children. That’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed! You’re the member of Congress, fix it!”
Homan began working for the department in 1986 when it was still known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service as a border patrol agent. Since then he has been promoted and worked as an investigator and supervisor being named Executive Associate Director in 2013.
He has spent 30 years caring for children and their needs near the southern border. To think that his life of service could be so quickly dispatched by someone who has never walked in his shoes is despicable.
Garcia said that he agreed with Homan that the problem needed to be fixed, but he didn’t like Homan’s thoughts on immigrants being involved in criminal activity.
But Garcia wasn’t the only one to attack Homan’s humanity.
Representative Gerry Connelly from Virginia called Homan’s supervision of migrants being treated as “subhumans” in border facilities “hardly humane care.” He also accused Homan of mistreatment of humans and said it was all done in the name of the American Flag.
Connelly ranted, “Is there no limit to what you will justify in this administration when it comes to the mistreatment of our fellow human beings and do you have no shame about the facts, as our colleagues said this morning, it’s all done in the shadow of the American Flag?”
And before Homan could even begin to defend himself or his fellow border patrol workers, newcomer to the House, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan started her own rant and dramatics. She spoke of her visit to the border, as she starting crying. Tlaib claimed even the term “illegal immigrant” is a form of mistreatment. She said it treats them as not human. Tlaid went on to say that “no one is illegal” and added, “that term is derogatory because it dehumanizes people.”
She obviously doesn’t understand the term then. The word illegal has nothing to do with mistreatment or even thinking less of someone else. What it means is simply that the person it refers to has broken the law. Should we ignore that and just let them continue their illegal activity?
Homan responded by saying that he was “extremely frustrated” by the congressional members’ accusations and characterization of him.
However, Congressman Connelly said, “I don’t care! You’re not at the border right now! You’re in a hearing room! It’s my time!”
Wow…sounds like someone may have a bit of a God complex. Obviously, all that mattered to him and the other Democratic committee members was what they wanted to say.
But Homan was going to give them even the slightest satisfaction.
He said, “The same people that vilify (the) Border Patrol for detention conditions are the same people that refuse to answer the call for help until it’s too late.” It was a well-placed jab at Democrats who delayed and then refused to back a bill that would give additional funding to the agents at the southern border for improved facilities and supplies.
After the hearing, Homan told Fox that he didn’t mean to be confrontational but that he had “had enough.” He said, “I thought about getting up and throwing that man a beating right in the middle of the room because when you tell someone who has spent their career saving lives that I don’t care about dying children and I’m a racist, that’s where I broke.”