On Monday, Tom Homan, the former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss his explosive reaction when he was essentially called a racist by Rep. Jesus Garcia (D-IL) last Friday at a Congressional hearing on illegal immigration. Homan said he thought about “throwing that man a beating right in the middle of the room because when you tell someone who has spent their career saving lives that I don't care about dying children and I'm a racist, that's where I broke and that’s where I had enough.”
Garcia was among other Democrats who pilloried Homan on Friday, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, leading to a memorable response from Homan, but when Garcia spoke, he went much further in his attack, insinuating that Homan was a racist and didn't care about the illegal immigrant children, asking Homan if he had children of his own. Garcia tried to bully Homan, saying:
Do you understand that the consequences of separation of many children will be lifelong trauma and carried across generations? Have we not learned from the internment from Japanese Americans, Mr. Homan, I'm a father. Do you have children? How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch? Do you not care? Is it because these children don't look like children that are around you? I don't get it. Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?
Homan shot back: “First of all, your comments are disgusting. I've served my country 34 years.”
Garcia interrupted, “I find your comments disgusting as well.”
Homan then let Garcia have it: “This is out of control. I've served my country 34 years. And yes, I held a five-year-old boy in my arms in back of that tractor-trailer. I knelt down beside him and said a prayer for him. Because I knew what his last 30 minutes of his life were like. And I had a five-year-old son at the time. What I've been trying to do my 34 years serving my nation is to save lives. So for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love of my country and for children, that's why this whole thing needs to be fixed. And you’re the member of Congress. Fix it.”
On Monday, after showing a clip of the exchange on Friday, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked Homan, “Tom, have you calmed down yet from that hearing?”
Homan responded, “I did until you showed that clip of someone calling me a racist and said I didn’t care about dying children. That’s when I broke, that’s when I — If you notice, I hesitated a minute before I started yelling because I actually think about getting up and throwing that man a beating right in the middle of the room because when you tell someone who has spent their career saving lives that I don't care about dying children and I'm a racist, that's where I broke and that’s where I had enough.”
This hearing wasn’t about transparency, because every time the Democratic lawmakers say something that wasn’t right, I tried to interject and set the record straight. When the other witnesses throw out data that was completely false, I tired to interject. They didn’t want to hear the truth. This was political theater; they tried to push their narrative and not let me speak. So halfway during the hearing I say, enough, I’m going to interrupt; I’m going to interject; they can throw me out if they want. But what they wanted by the personal attacks on me and the men and women of the Border Patrol: they wanted me to get up and walk out. And I wasn’t going to give that to them … Halfway through that hearing I said, I’m not going to talk to them no more; I’m going to talk directly to the American people.
Every response I give is going straight to the American people. Thank God Jim Jordan was there; he fought for me to speak, because the personal attacks — they spent five minutes — that congressman that said “You’re not on the order,” screaming at me, he spent five minutes berating the Border patrol, ICE, and me. And when he was done, I wanted to respond. But he wouldn’t allow me to respond; he started to yell at me, telling me to shut up because he wanted ot hear from an advocate sitting next to me that would support his false narrative.
Homan added, “This was nothing but political theater to push a false narrative against this president, this administration, the heroes of ICE and the Border patrol, and I wasn’t going to be silenced, so, they want a fight? I gave them one.”
Host Ainsley Earhardt asked Homan to tell the story of the five year-old-boy he referenced during the hearing. He started to tear up, then responded:
I got called to a crime scene; they flew me in; the Rangers kept the scene hot; when I showed up there’s 19 dead aliens that were in back of the tractor-trailer. I stood in back of that tractor-trailer with 19 dead people at my feet. Think about that. And there’s a five-year-old little boy that suffocated in his father’s arms. And his father was cradling him; his father also died. I knelt down beside that child, because I had a five-year-old at the time, and I said a prayer, because I knew, what was his last 30 minutes of life like. What did that little kid suffer; could not breathe; the heat in that trailer was incredible; they’re in a metal box. And I knelt down because I had a five-year-old son at the time and you look around and you’ve got all these dead people at your feet; I didn’t sleep for a week. Talk about my own son …
What I tried to make clear it that hearing is that it wasn’t about forcing laws; I tried to tell these people at that hearing, this isn't just about enforcing laws, this about saving lives. When you talk about open borders, abolish ICE, and free medical care, you entice more people to put themselves in the hands of criminal organizations and they're going to die. 31% of women are being raped. Children are dying. So I lost it; at one point during the hearing I said, "Do you understand people are dying? And you're sitting there making a political game out of this. You can fix this. You're Congress, you're the legislature. You've spent 30 years failing the American people. How about fixing this and saving some lives?
Video of Homan on Fox & Friends here:
Video of Homan and Garcia here: