The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement railed at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday following her criticism of lawmakers and journalists who use the term “surge” to describe the worsening migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Thomas Homan objected to the New York Democrat’s claim that “anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame.”
“And that’s a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a white supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are,” Ocasio-Cortez noted further in an Instagram video she posted earlier this week.
Initially, Homan responded that he is of the mind that the current migrant crisis is directly related to President Joe Biden’s reversals of his predecessor’s border and immigration enforcement policies.
(Video: Fox News)
“It’s the worst because this was totally preventable. Now the Biden administration, the incoming administration was warned, they said if you end these programs, we’re going to see a surge that you’ve never seen before,” Homan began after Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) spoke first.
“They were briefed by leadership at ICE, at CBP, I’ve talked to people that briefed them. And so they knew this would happen,” Homan continued, noting that he predicted the current crisis in an op-ed last summer if Biden won the presidential election and reversed former President Donald Trump’s policies.
Describing Biden’s policies as “an open borders agenda,” Homan went on to say that Border Patrol agents are feeling “abandoned because they’re no longer enforcing the law” and are instead “just facilitating illegal entry.”
Homan’s observations were echoed by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who told Breitbart News Border Patrol agents are looking to retire early or quit because they can’t deal with the inability to do their jobs under current conditions.
“One of them, who was a high-ranking border patrolman, he indicated he’s retiring because he just can’t take this anymore,” Gohmert told the outlet. “He said if Trump were reelected, he would have stayed.”
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade then played a clip of Ocasio-Cortez making her comments before bringing Babin back in to respond.
“Where is she now, Brian? Why isn’t she down here?” the Texas Republican said, noting that he and other lawmakers have extended invitations to Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has placed in charge of handling the crisis, to visit the border with them.
“Well, she needs to come down and talk to the men and women who put the uniform on every day and stand in that line,” Homan added.
“The men and women of the Border Patrol [say] it’s a crisis. The men and women of the Border Patrol know what Brian Babin said, that these cartels are using these children or family units to throw them across the border and tie up their assets, 40 percent of Border Patrol is assigned to the vicinity, no longer in line,” Homan continued.
“So, these cartels are moving drugs and bad people through unguarded areas, this is a national security crisis and if she can’t understand that or accept that, then she shouldn’t be in Congress at all,” he said.
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