Tom Homan, a former acting ICE director and now a Fox News contributor blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after the radical Democrat took aim at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday while campaigning in Iowa for fellow democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“She’s disgusting,” Homan said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
The remark that set Homan off talked about tipping lawbreakers off when ICE agents are around.
“Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and [U.S. Customs and Border Protection[ are in communities, to try to keep people safe,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’m not here to reform some of these systems, when we talk about immigration. I’m here because Sen. Sanders has actually committed to break up ICE and CBP. That is why I’m here.”
Source: Fox News
Homan did not mince words, saying not only was her comment “dangerous,” it was downright “idiotic” and as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez should have to face the consequences for her words.
“First of all, it’s an incredibly stupid statement she made, which doesn’t surprise me because she is about as far from smart as anyone could possibly be,” Homan opined. “But what she said is dangerous — these men and women put their lives on the line every day to arrest criminals off the streets, especially in New York.”
“It’s a dangerous statement. It’s idiotic,” he added. “And I just can’t believe she can stand up on stage and make a statement like that and not have any repercussions from the House ethics committee.”
As for doing away with the agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws, Homan reminded viewers of what ICE does.
“Last year they arrested 27,000 criminals,” he explained. “Think about it for a minute, 2000 of those were for homicide, 12,000 of those were rapes, 45,000 assaults. ICE is keeping the community safe.”
The former acting director of ICE was asked why the agency has become such a target of the left and he pointed to President Trump.
“Because they’re enforcing the law,” he said. “President Trump, who in my opinion is the greatest president I ever worked for, he believes law enforcement should enforce the law. He believes you don’t reward lawbreakers… so they’re vilifying the men and women of ICE for simply doing their jobs.”
Citing the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report for fiscal year 2018, Fox News said 138,117 aliens with criminal histories, which include convicted criminal and pending criminal charges, were arrested in 2018.
Homan did not try to hide the contempt he had for Ocasio-Cortez, who he referred to as “AOC.”
“AOC wouldn’t have the backbone to do the job they do,” he said of ICE agents. “She doesn’t like what they do? Then change the law, but stop vilifying the men and women of ICE.”
“I buried ICE agents, I buried border patrol agents,” he continued. “Maybe she ought to see what it’s like to try to console a wife or a child of a fallen officer?”
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