WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - West Carthage native and former acting head of I.C.E., Thomas Homan, testified on Capitol Hill Friday, in a heated exchange with lawmakers.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee held hearings focused on immigration and border policies. Democratic congressional members testified to deplorable conditions at southern border detention centers, and railed against practices that separate children from their families.
As part of his testimony, Homan pushed back against what he later described as political theater, urging lawmakers to make changes to immigration policy and better support immigration officers.
“Let me explain to you why I’m sitting here so frustrated,” Homan said. “I’m the only one in this room who’s worn a green uniform and been on that line. I’m the only one in this room that’s found dead aliens on a trailer that were abandoned by smugglers that just left them there because they weren’t worth money anymore.”
At one point, Homan found found himself arguing with democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia, as he tried to jump into the conversation, following Connelly’s remarks about the treatment of immigrant children at the border.
Homan: “I'm extremely frustrated.”
Rep. Connelly: “Mr. Homan, I'm not calling on you, sir.”
Homan: “Of course not, this isn't about transparency.”
Rep. Connelly: “This is my time. You're not at the border!”
Homan: “This is ridiculous.”
Rep. Connelly: “You're not at the border right now. You're in a hearing room. It's my time.”
Friday’s testimony comes as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans raids in major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.