Former ICE official Thomas Homan berated Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for advocating that the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement be abolished, and she was stunned by his statement.
The interaction occurred at the end of his testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
“I am proud of the agency and ICE and what we don’t want to talk about is nearly 90 percent of everybody ICE arrested for immigration violations either have a criminal history or a pending criminal charges when they are found meaning they were found in a county jail which most likely means they are more than a choir boy,”saidHoman.
“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,” he added.
Ocasio-Cortez interrupted Homan and attempted to cut short his testimony but he ignored her and continued.
“In my 34 years I have never seen such hate toward law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them rather than do your job and legislate,” he added.
“Mr. Homan your time is expired,” she said.
“If you don’t like it legislate!” he concluded.
Homan has frequently countered criticism by members of Congress against ICE by reminding them that the agency merely enforces the laws that Congress passes, and that if they don’t like it, they should pass new laws.