Former ICE Director Shreds Democrats' Talking Points on Immigration
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tries but fails to grill Thomas Homan
Former ICE Director Thomas Homan took apart the Democrats' political talking point on immigration during fiery testimony in Congress on Thursday.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) criticized the Trump administration for re-ordering funds to pay for his much-promised border wall.
"I'd like to remind you, under the Obama administration we did that most of the years he was president," Homan told Jayapal, who was presiding over the hearing of the House Judiciary Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee.
"We moved money around at DHS; it's called re-programming. We did that under the Obama administration," he explained.
"I don't remember any hearings on that."
Homan pointed out the cages for detainees were built under former President Barack Obama, but criticism was aimed at the Trump administration.
"Congress was quick to give us all the money we needed to build the tent facilities," he said.
In June, Homan said it was Obama who came up with the idea of putting illegal immigrant children in the “cages,” not President Donald Trump.
Despite this fact, the Democrats are using the 'children in the cages' narrative to ignite outrage mobs against Trump as crucial aspects of their 2020 campaigns.
Thomas Homan, who was Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement between May 2013 and 2017, was responsible for “promoting public safety and national security by maintaining direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, locate, arrest, detain and remove illegal aliens from the United States."
Below is the video of the fiery exchange:
Jayapal attempted to respond that she objected to Obama's policies, but Homan rebutted.
"Well, be honest to the American people! You can't point out faults in the Trump administration when it happened under the Obama administration!" Homan exclaimed.
Jayapal pounded her gavel numerous times.
"That's dishonesty. It's pathetic, and it's sad!" Homan concluded.
"Look, you want to know why there's 50,000 people in detention? You want to know why we have one million illegal entries into the United States? You want to know why we have these issues?" Homan asked rhetorically.
"Because you have failed to secure the border," he said.
"You guys have failed to work with this president," Homan continued.
"To close the three loopholes, we've asked for two years to close so if you want to know why this issue exists, you need to look in the mirror."
Jayapal continued banging her gavel.
"You have failed the American people by not securing the border and closing loopholes," Homan continued.
Homan responded, "this is a circus. This is a circus."
"You work for me! I'm a taxpayer!" he exclaimed.