Tom Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, on Wednesday, saying he found the freshman congresswoman’s calls to abolish ICE, “appalling.”
Homan’s comments came during a House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children.
Ocasio-Cortez was acting as chair during the hearing.
As in the previous occasions when Homan has testified, the subject of ICE’s handling of the detained migrants under its care came up. Ocasio-Cortez has in recent months frequently criticized the agency for its treatment of migrants, especially women and children.
“I want to address the last comments made about me being appalling and–and first of all I served my country for 34 years, I saved many lives and I ran an agency–let’s be frank about what ICE does,” Homan said, before rattling off a long list of the agency’s accomplishments, which included taking opioids off the streets, arresting “thousands of sexual predators that prayed on children” and rescuing sex trafficking victims.
“So to miss the message of the work the men and women of ICE do – I find appalling that a member of Congress would throw that out there like that,” he said.
“In my 34 years, I’ve never seen such hate toward a law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them rather than do your job and legislate,” Homan added as Ocasio-Cortez interrupted to tell him his time had expired.
Eventually, Ocasio-Cortez was prompted by a fellow committee member to bang her gavel.
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez and Tom Homan have clashed
In July, Ocasio-Cortez sparred with Homan during a House hearing on Migrant Children and Border Security, accusing him of recommending “family separation” at the border.
Homan rejected Ocasio-Cortez’s framing, asserting that what he had recommended was, in fact, “zero tolerance.”