From Wednesday's House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children where former acting director of ICE Larry Homan took on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):
REP. CHIP ROY (R-TX): And the reason I think this matters, right, is the purpose of I hope there is a general agreement about the process and the communication and what should have occurred there that we can have a debate as I think we had a good conversation Alex--or Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Meadows said about okay, where do we go forward on this, on that question. We will ask the next panel some of these but it is important for us not to send some signal of panic to use Mr. Meadows term that--that anything is going--going to be problematic going forward that we will address the issue and try and reconcile whatever gaps there are here.
I do think it's also important to note on this question of deferred action the question of when it is a discretion for a prosecutor, right? This is at the core of DACA and (INAUDIBLE), right? We had this litigation in (INAUDIBLE). We went to the court and the court agreed that that was something more than discretion. That was something beyond discretion and I think what we see here in a sort of separation here is that what we are talking about here is discretion. I think Ms. Wadhia I was looking at your testimony and they data points there you said one date I was able to identify included 118 deferred actions of which 107 were approved pending or unknown and a particular data set that you had indicating that each one is case-by-case and there were eight that didn't qualify. I have no idea what those eight were but that is a decision but you know case-by-case decision. To that end let me ask one question, final in my last five minutes Mr. Homan would you like to address and would you please address any of the statements made against you?
TOM HOMAN, FMR. ACTING DIRECTOR OF U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT: Yeah, I want to address the last comments made about me being appalling and--and first of all I serve my country for 34 years, I saved many lives and I ran an agency--let's be frank about what ICE does. ICE last year took a season opioids off the streets of this country that could have killed every man, woman, and child in the United States twice. They have arrested thousands of sexual predators that prayed on children. They rescued thousands of children who are victims of predators. They are arrested hundreds of women that were victims of sex trafficking. I am proud of the agency and ICE and what we don't want to talk about is nearly 90% of everybody ICE or risk for immigration violations either have a criminal history or a pending criminal charges when they are found meaning they were found in a county jail which most likely means they are more than a choir boy.
So to--to miss message what the work the men and women of ICE do is I find appalling that a member of Congress would throw that out there like that.
REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, CHAIRWOMAN OF HOUSE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE: The chair now--
HOMAN: In my 34 years I have never seen such hate toward law enforcement agency in my life that you want to abolish them--
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan the time has expired.
HOMAN: --rather than doing your job and legislating--
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan your time has expired.
HOMAN: If you don't like it legislate. You can't--I--(INAUDIBLE)
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan according to the rules of this committee--
HOMAN: -- I--I don't think Congress is in the habit of enacting laws--
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Mr. Homan your time is expired. The chair now recognizes Ms. Hill.