There are many, many, many, many pieces of evidence in the case against the existence of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, former acting ICE director Thomas Homan took aim at one of the most prominent politicians calling for the abolition of ICE, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, labeling her an “embarrassment” to her alma mater Boston University after her rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night presidential address.
Speaking on Fox & Friends, where Homan is now a contributor, on Wednesday morning, the former ICE chief slammed Ocasio-Cortez, saying that every time she opens her mouth, “She’s wrong.”
On the show, producers ran a clip of Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show following Trump’s primetime address. “The president should not be asking for more money to an agency [ICE] that has systematically violated human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the clip shown on Fox & Friends. “The president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all, because right now what we are seeing is death, right now what we are seeing is the violation of human rights.”
Homan, seemingly unconcerned with the fact that two children died within the U.S. immigration system at all, picked at Ocasio-Cortez’s mistake of interchanging ICE with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “She needs to do her homework,” he said. “First of all, no child died in ICE custody, that was a different agency, that was the Border Patrol.”
While Ocasio-Cortez misidentified the name of the agency involved in the deaths, she’s not the first politician to do so. In fact, last month on the same network, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King—a staunch supporter of both President Donald Trump and ICE—also misidentified the agency whose custody the two children died in as ICE. (Not to mention that the mistake isn’t nearly as damaging as blatantly lying for months that thousands of terrorists are pouring into the country via the southern border.)
Homan then went on to defend ICE, justifying the entire agency’s existence because of that one time they deported a Nazi and suggesting that Ocasio-Cortez should be thanking ICE, instead of demanding Trump justify why he should give any more funding for facilities in which immigrants have reported being sexually assaulted or forced to work:
When you talk about human rights violations, does she realize that ICE has arrested and removed hundreds of human rights violators from this country, including Nazis and people that commit war crimes in certain parts of Europe? We actually arrest a lot of human rights violators. And she ought to be saying thank you, she’s from New York. ICE agents have arrested and removed thousands of criminals from the streets of New York that were released from sanctuary jails that she supports. So, a thank you would be nice, rather than misinformation that she always puts out.
That’s not exactly how congressional oversight works, not to mention the fact that a many of these “thousands of criminals” have no criminal record at all. But, sure, let’s hear some more about “misinformation” from someone who seamlessly transitioned from his role as lead enforcer of Trump’s fascist immigration policy to a talker on America’s version of state television.