Former ICE Director Tom Homan vs. Rep. Pramila Jayapal: "Cages" Were Built During Obama Administration


Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigrant detention facilities, former ICE director Tom Homan clashed with Rep. Pramila Jayapal about the infamous "children in cages."

"You are quick to point out the 'cages' that were built under the Obama administration. I was there. Family detention. We had 100 family beds under the Obama administration and we built 3,000 more," Homan said. "When there was a surge in FY 2014 and 2015, Congress was quick to give all the money we needed to build detention facilities, the transportation contracts. We reprogrammed money out of the majority of the years he was president. that was fine."

"Under the Obama administration, in 2012, we removed 429,000, half of what was removed last year. There were no hearings on that," he added. "So if this is about transparency, let’s be factual about it."

"I didn't like it under the Obama administration either," Jayapal replied.

"Be honest with the American people. You can’t point out faults in the Trump administration when it happened under the Obama administration," Homan replied. "That’s dishonesty. It’s pathetic and it’s sad."

"I didn't like it under the Obama administration," Jayapal repeated. "And I will remind you that you testified in Congress in support of Obama's priorities enforcement program before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2016, which had a very different approach."

"Look, you want to know why there is 50,000 people in detention? You want to know why there are a million illegal entries in the United States? You want to know why we have these issues? Because you have failed to secure the border," Homan said later in the hearing. "You guys failed to work with this president to close the three loopholes we’ve asked for two years to close. You have failed the American people by not securing the border."

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