Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan slammed a recent New York Times op-ed called for the public shaming of ICE agents during an interview with Fox News on Monday.
The author of the op-ed claimed that if the identities of the agents were posted, they would be shamed into choosing another career.
“The knowledge, for instance, that when you go to church on Sunday, your entire congregation will have seen you on TV ripping a child out of her father’s arms is a serious social cost to bear. The desire to avoid this kind of social shame may be enough to persuade some agents to quit and may hinder the recruitment of replacements.”
However, Homan slammed the op-ed, saying that it is a form of doxxing and cited his own experience with losing his privacy.
“It’s disgusting. I mean, it happened to me when I was director,” Homan said. “They doxxed me and my home address. I had 80 protesters at my house on a Sunday morning.”
As IJR Red reported, many border patrol officials have spoken out in support of ICE after some lawmakers called to get rid of the agency. Homan also spoke out to defend the agents.
“It’s just ridiculous, cause whoever wrote this op-ed has obviously never spoken to a border patrol agent and she’s pushing a false narrative,” said Homan.
He went on to describe what he had seen during his time as a border patrol agent, saying that they were overwhelmed with the immigration issues that they had to deal with.
“I’ve been there. I was a border patrol agent, I was there a couple of years ago. These border patrol agents are taking sickness home to their families because they’re taking care of sick children. They’re changing diapers, they’re making formula. These border patrol agents did not sign up for this.”
Homan hoped to remind the author that the job they do is incredibly difficult and they should have to worry about their identities being exposed.
“They’re fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters themselves,” said Homan. “They’re doing a tremendous job and they need to be respected for it.”