Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was left speechless after she attempted to corner former United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan on immigration law and family separations.
During a congressional hearing on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez held up a memo Homan sent to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recommending family separations as a means to better handle the ongoing immigration crisis.
Homan answered that he did not author the memo but he endorsed it, signing off on a number of solutions to help alleviate overwhelmed migrant detention facilities. These solutions included a recommendation that the administration enforces the family separations through a zero-tolerance policy.
“I recommended zero tolerance,” Homan said, addressing the congresswoman.
“Which includes family separation,” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
The former ICE director then addressed the policy was much less dramatized as Democratic lawmakers were representing and was similar to actions by law enforcement would carry out on American citizens if a parent, present with a child, commits a crime.
Here’s a partial transcript provided via the Daily Wire:
“The same as is whatever U.S. citizen parent gets arrested when they’re with a child,” Homan said.
“Zero tolerance was interpreted as the policy that separated children from their parents,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, again not seeming to understand Homan.
“If I get arrested for DUI and I have a young child in the car, I’m gonna be separated,” Homan responded. “When I was a police officer in New York and I arrested a father for domestic violence, I separated that father from their family.”
“Mr. Homan, with all due respect, legal asylees are not charged with any crime,” Ocasio-Cortez said, refusing to acknowledge the majority of people entering the U.S. at the southern border are not legitimate asylum seekers.
“When you’re in the country illegally, it’s a violation 8 United States Code 13:25,” Homan responded.
“Seeking asylum is legal,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
“If you want to seek asylum you go through the port of entry, you do it the legal way,” Homan fired back. “The Attorney General of the United States has made that clear.”
“Ocasio-Cortez had no response for Homan and immediately moved on to question other people,” the Daily Wire reports.
Unprepared @AOC tries to come at Former ICE Director Thomas Homan.
She gets eviscerated.
It's hard to watch.
Total savage flex by Homan at the end.
AOC *literally* left speechless.
I've never see a member get more completely & embarrassingly destroyed. pic.twitter.com/F8qn5wkp2f
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 12, 2019
The Daily Caller reports Ocasio-Cortez later responded to Homan’s comments on Twitter invoking the names of the two migrants who drowned attempting to cross the border.
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When Homan says “they can come in a port of entry,” what he doesn’t say is that the admin has practically closed ports to asylees.
Out of desperation, families do what Óscar & Valeria(the father & daughter who drowned) did: face dangerous terrain.
These are policies of cruelty. https://t.co/ifQOxe1t5Z
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 12, 2019