The former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave a recap of how he felt after members of Congress accused him of racism during a House committee hearing.
During an interview with “Fox and Friends,” former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan was asked about his recent experience during an explosive House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform testimony regarding the conditions of migrant detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico where multiple Democrats on the committee — including the self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — went after him.
Homan said that he had “broke” after freshman Democratic Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) accused him of not caring about dying migrant children because “these children do not look like children that are around [him]” during their heated exchange.
Watch the exchange here:
This is insanity:
Dem Rep. Garcia claims Former ICE Director Thomas Homan doesn't care about children because "these children do not look like children that are around you."
Then he asks, "Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?"
Homan UNLOADS on him in response: pic.twitter.com/HMw7o4Z85v
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 12, 2019
“That’s when I broke,” said the former acting ICE director. “As you noticed, I hesitated a minute before I started yelling because I was actually thinking of getting up and throwing that man a beating right there in the middle of the room. Because when you tell somebody that’s spent their career saving lives that I don’t care about dying children and I’m a racist, that’s where I broke.”
“And that’s where I’d had enough,” added Homan.
Watch Homan’s interview here:
As IJR Red previously reported, Homan said that he was “insulted” by Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) not letting him “respond” to the “dirt” he was throwing during their contentious exchange in the Friday hearing, describing the experience as “political theater” during an appearance on Fox News’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” the same day.
“This is about political theater. He ran out of there like a little girl. He’s a coward. He didn’t want to hear my response because this was all political theater,” said Homan, later adding, “This is about transparency but you won’t let me respond to what you’re saying.”