Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan blasted Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) who accused the Trump administration of conducting a “campaign of terror” with the Department of Homeland Security’s recent raids.
Homan told Fox News that he was “sick and tired” of those like Harris who are “turning the world upside down” with their rhetoric on illegal immigration.
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“Bottom line, Kamala Harris is wrong,” Homan said on “America’s Newsroom” on Monday.
“This is politics at its worst … ICE is enforcing the laws that Congress enacted … and Kamala Harris as a senator in the U.S. Congress,” he told Fox News host Sandra Smith. “She needs to read the law before she starts vilifying the men and women who are merely doing their job, enforcing laws that they enacted.”
“If she doesn’t like it, change the law. But I’m sick and tired of how they turn this whole world upside-down where those who knowingly violate the law are the victims, and those who enforce the law, all of a sudden, are the bad guys,” he added.
Harris slammed President Trump and his administration during an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, discussing the Department of Homeland Security raids in Mississippi last week, which she claimed have spread “fear” among the immigrant population.
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The raids on food processing companies resulted in the detainment of 680 people, though about half of them were released by the next day on “humanitarian” grounds, according to the National Border Patrol Council’s Brandon Judd who spoke with Fox News about the immigration sweeps.
But Harris blasted the administration, and Trump in particular, for the move as Todd questioned why the employees were targeted and not the companies which hired them.
“This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror,” the California Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate said. “To make whole populations of people afraid to go to work. Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there.”
Earlier in the interview, Harris claimed the president “betrayed” a lot of people and has not delivered on the promises he made to his supporters.
“Here’s the thing. There are people who voted for him for a variety of reasons,” she said. “And a lot of it had to do with the promises he made, which he has not delivered on because they were false promises.”
The senator added, “And he betrayed a lot of people. He came in saying he was going to help working families. Everyone from farmers to auto-workers.”
She also told Todd that Trump can’t really do anything at this point to “reassure Hispanic Americans.”
EXCLUSIVE: Presidential candidate Kamala Harris says President Trump “beats people down.” #MTP #IfItsSunday@chucktodd: “Can he say anything, at this point, to reassure Hispanic Americans?”@SenKamalaHarris: “I don’t think it would be authentic if he did.” pic.twitter.com/HSPUcpAUvw
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 11, 2019
“We have to speak truth: racism is real in this country. It was before he was elected, it will be after,” the 2020 Democratic hopeful said.
“I believe that the conversation has to be how are we going to speak truth about the history and then address it,” she added. “People are afraid in this country … I don’t think it would be authentic if he did, and I think people are smart enough to know that.”
Trump called last week’s immigration sweep “a very good deterrent.”
“I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they’re getting out. They’re going to be brought out. And this serves as a very good deterrent,” he told reporters outside of the White House.
Trump on the ICE raids in Mississippi: “This serves as a very good deterrent. If people come into our country illegally, they’re going out … When people see what they saw yesterday, and like they will see for a long time, they know that they’re not staying here” pic.twitter.com/8NbJxl0rdt
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 9, 2019
Mark Morgan, the acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, pushed back on the term “raids,” schooling CNN’s Jake Tapper and clarifying that they are “targeted law enforcement operations.”
“And, in this case, this was a joint criminal investigation with ICE and the Department of Justice targeting worksite enforcement, meaning companies that knowingly and willfully hire illegal aliens, so that, in most cases, they can pay them reduced wages, exploit them further for their bottom line. That is what this investigation was about, a criminal investigation,” he said.
“These aren’t undocumented immigrants. They are illegal immigrants,” Morgan added. “They are here in this country illegally. They’re obtaining jobs illegally.”
Homan pointed to loopholes not addressed by Congress that are hindering the success of Trump’s immigration plan.
“It will work. Look, Congress has refused to close the loopholes that are causing this mass migration at the border,” he told Smith. “Ninety percent lose their case in front of an immigration court because they’re not true victims of persecution. They’re here for economic reasons … We need to do what we can to pull that magnet away so these people stop coming here and it’s just not about enforcing the law, this is about saving lives.”