File – In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, then Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan takes a question from a reporter at a Department of Homeland Security news conference in Washington. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
One of the unsung heroes in the fight over border security is former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan. The guy is not only an authority of immigration policy and the nuts-and-bolts of how all the components of the immigration system works, he has damned little patience for idiots or stooges which means he and House Democrats and their staffs do not have a great relationship.
He probably received the most attention for an encounter he had with the “Squad” leader and general twit, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. (Read my AOC Suffers Third Degree Burns Over 90% Of Her Butt After This Encounter With Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan for details.)
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 13, 2019
Homan was back on the Hill yesterday at a hearing on detention policy before the House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee. Compared to the goat-rope about the so-called whisleblower complaint, this was an undercard match, but it provided a great deal of amusement on its own.
This was the view from the left
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) September 26, 2019
This is how Americans viewed the carnage
During a House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing on “The Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention,” Homan and [Washington Democrat Pramila] Jayapal, the vice chairwoman, got into a shouting match, which started after she brought up reallocating funds to go towards more detention beds.
“I’d like to remind you, under the Obama administration, we did that most of the years he was president. We moved money around DHS — it’s called reprogramming. We did that under the Obama administration, and I don’t remember any hearings on that,” Homan said, reminding her that during the border surge under Obama Congress was quick to give the money needed.
“I didn’t like it under the Obama administration either,” she replied.
At another point, Homan explained why there’s such a crisis at the border, placing the blame on Democrats in Congress.
“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,” Homan said. “You guys failed to work with this president to close the three loopholes we’ve asked for two years to close.”
Jayapal interrupted to cut him off because his time was up, but he continued nonetheless.
“I’ve asked you politely to let me go beyond my time, and you let other people go beyond their time, but not to Tom Homan!” he fired back.
Jayapal slammed her gavel down to quiet a frustrated Homan, who exclaimed, “This is a circus.”
The situation escalated from there, with Jayapal demanding that he “respect the chair’s authority.”
When he started to respond, she once again began banging her gavel.
“Mr. Homan!” she yelled.
“You work for me!” he shot back. “I’m a taxpayer. I’m a taxpayer, you work for me.”
One thing we’re seeing under Trump are more and more executive branch officers willing to call out members of Congress on their own actions and duplicity. Instead of meekly sitting there and being abused, there is a realization that they are members of a different branch of government and they owe no obeisance to quasi-literates who often can’t be bothered to even master the slightest bit of knowledge about the agencies and programs they are supposed to be overseeing. In the long run, this is good. Before a member of Congress grandstands at the expense of a literal expert in the field, they should be required to either have their stuff together or take a verbal beat down. It will make for better members of Congress and more informative hearings. And watching the left squirt blood out of their whatever in rage over seeing their precious ones disrespected is definitely a big plus.