Thomas Homan retired in June 2018 as the Acting Director of ICE, but he is making his name known as he defends Border Patrol agents and ICE agents. During a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing, he said the following.
After more than three decades of enforcing immigration law, I can assure you that if we do not have the ability to detain those that illegally enter our country until they see a judge and plead their case, we will never solve the immigration crisis on the border.
Homan was not reticent about telling Congress that they needed to their job. If they do not like the current immigration system, they need to legislate new laws.
There’s people in Congress that called for the abolishment of ICE because they don’t like what ICE does…. ICE is merely enforcing the laws you enact. If you don’t like it, change the law. You’re the legislator. But don’t vilify the men and women of ICE and the Border Patrol.
Even though he retired more than a month ago, Homan continues to defend his former co-workers. He has even been asked why he continues to go to Washington just to be insulted by members of Congress. Here is his reply.
I love the men and women in ICE and Border Patrol. I know what it’s like to wear that uniform and stand in that line, and I would defend the men and women of Border Patrol and ICE until the day I die.
I buried many Border Patrol agents and I’ve buried ICE agents, and those kind[s] of attacks dishonor their memory and dishonor their family…. This world is upside down when the people who knowingly violate the laws are the victims.
Early in the meeting Homan called out AOC for comparing the facilities for illegal immigrants to Nazi death camps. He did not mince words while doing so.
That comparison is 100 percent inaccurate and it’s disgusting…. Now forgive me, I didn’t think Nazi death camps had detention standards, I didn’t think they had health care, I didn’t think they had recreation, law libraries, visitation, three squares a day. It’s an insulting comparison.
At another point in the hearing Homan blatantly reminded Congress that the elected representatives worked for the American people and that they were not doing their job.
Look, you want to know why there’s 50,000 people in detention? You want to know why there are a million illegal entries into the United States? You want to know why we have these issues? Because you have failed to secure the border…. You guys failed to work with this president to close the three loopholes we’ve asked for two years to close.
The statement that I like the best came from Homan when he was yelled at and told to be quiet. He fired back, “You work for me! I’m a taxpayer. I’m a taxpayer, you work for me.”
There is something to admire about a man like Homan who continues to defend the people who now do his former job. Most retirees are glad to get away from the office or whatever and go traveling or fishing or other pleasurable activity. Homan goes to Washington to sit in congressional hearings and be insulted. May God bless Homan. May God bless America!