Things got heated during Wednesday’s hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties when Homan clashed with the freshman Democratic committee member.
“I saved many lives and I ran an agency — let’s be frank about what ICE does,” Homan said after being asked by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) to address the statements made against him by Ocasio-Cortez during the hearing, adding:
“ICE last year took a season of opioids off the streets of this country that could have killed every man, woman, and child in the United States twice. They have arrested thousands of sexual predators that prayed on children. They rescued thousands of children who are victims of predators. They are arrested hundreds of women that were victims of sex trafficking. […] So to miss-message what the work the men and women of ICE do is I find appalling that a member of Congress would throw that out there like that.”
As Ocasio-Cortez then began to speak, Homan cut her off as he said, “In my 34 years, I have never seen such hate toward law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them.”
The two then began talking over one another, as Ocasio-Cortez expressed that Homan’s “time has expired”:
HOMAN: —rather than doing your job and legislating—
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan your time has expired.
HOMAN: If you don’t like it legislate…
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan according to the rules of this committee—
HOMAN: I don’t think Congress is in the habit of enacting laws—
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan your time is expired. The chair now recognizes Ms. Hill.
Watch the video below:
On 9/11, watch the utter hatred and disrespect that socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shows former DHS official Thomas Homan
Homan was responding to vicious attacks made against him by Democrats on the Oversight Committee
DHS was created post 9/11 to protect the US pic.twitter.com/1sbyK3ufwE
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t shied from her disaster of the department — in which ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection run under.
The congresswoman has called to abolish ICE amid the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and has previously expressed that Congress should “get rid” of the entire Department of Homeland Security.
“Those people that say they want to abolish ICE really don’t know what they are talking about,” acting ICE Director Matt Albence previously said in response. “[…] You’re saying you don’t want to have a secure country, you want to close down Visa security posts which stops terrorists and bad actors overseas.”