Former ICE Director Tom Homan unleashed his awesomeness against Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL) during a contentious House Oversight Committee hearing on Friday. Garcia shamelessly exploited innocent children in an attempt to score political points. It’s the Democratic Marxist way.
When Garcia’s turn came to grill Homan, he launched a half-dozen politically-charged questions at the career-ICE official: “Mr. Homan, do you understand that the consequences of separation of many children will be lifelong trauma and carried across generations? Have we not learned from the interment of Japanese Americans? Mr. Homan, I’m a father. Do you have children? How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch? Do you not care? Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you? I don’t get it. Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?” That’s when Homan let him have it with both barrels. It was glorious.
“First of all, your comments are disgusting,” Homan snarled as Garcia attempted to interrupt. And he’s right. Who the hell does Garcia think he is anyway?
“I’ve served my country for 34 years. This is out of control,” Homan continued. “Yes, I held a 5-year-old boy in my arms that was in the back of a tractor-trailer and knelt down beside him and said a prayer for him because I knew what the last 30 minutes of his life were like and I had a 5-year-old son at the time.”
“What I’ve been doing in my 34 years serving my nation is to save lives. So for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love of my country and for children… that’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed — and you’re the member of Congress! Fix it!” Homan angrily demanded. Right there with him on all of it.
“It was at that point that Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) attempted to restore order. After Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) defended Homan from Garcia’s attacks, Cummings allowed Homan to continue speaking.
“No one in this room has seen what I’ve seen in my 34-year career. No one has experienced what I have experienced. I saw many dead bodies come across this border,” Homan said.
“If you want to legalize illegal immigration, good luck with that because it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse at that border if you say we’ll create — ‘From now on, there will be no consequence, no deterrence. It’s not illegal to come to this country illegally.’ More people will come, 31 percent more women will be raped, more children will die,” Homan warned. “We are a nation of laws. If you don’t like it, sir, change it, you’re the legislator, I’m the executive branch.”
“I’ve served my country honorably for 34 years, and I will not sit here and have anybody say that I don’t care about children because you’re not the same color as my children,” Homan concluded.”
Homan nuked Garcia and he richly deserved it. Slow clap and respect.
Homan delivered a fiery defense of border agents during the hearing, arguing that they were enforcing the law as written and charging Congress with fixing broken laws. “If you don’t like this, do your job. Fix it,” Homan said. “Those men and women who chose a life of service to this nation deserve better, not only from the media but those in this committee and other members of Congress.” Damn straight.
“Those that attack the professional integrity of those that serve and blatantly throw unsubstantiated allegations against these men and women with zero evidence of guilt are wrong and should be ashamed,” Homan went on.
In his prepared testimony, Homan called on Congress to address loopholes in asylum laws, the Flores Settlement Agreement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA). He said the burden of proof for asylum claims is ‘ridiculously low’ for initial interviews. He added that 90 percent pass their first interview but that of those, 90 percent go on to have their asylum claim rejected by a court.
“If you truly care about these vulnerable people as you claim, then fix it. You know what needs to be done,” Homan finally stated. If the conditions on the border are so dire and many say they are… the fault lies directly at the feet of the Democrats for preventing funding to help these people and for allowing them to come here illegally in the first place. ‘Fix it’ indeed.