Rss@dailykos.com (gabe Ortiz) · Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2:40 pm
During a House subcommittee hearing this week justifying why in the world ICE needs a $1.2 billion increase when American taxpayers already spend $20 billion on federal immigration enforcement, the agency’s acting director warned undocumented immigrant moms and dads that they “need to be worried” about getting torn from their families, homes, and communities, even if they have no criminal record:
The Trump administration will continue arresting undocumented immigrants who haven’t been convicted of crimes and won’t apologize for it, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.
“If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable,” Acting Director Thomas Homan told the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee. “You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”
Trump has spent his presidency claiming he’d target only “bad hombres” while refusing to acknowledge his deportation force is doing the exact opposite, arresting undocumented moms like Maribel, who was deported despite have four U.S. citizen kids and no criminal record. Now his agency’s director appears to be acknowledging he’s full of shit.
And, it was only this past January when Paul Ryan told a Dreamer who was terrified that she would be swept up in an immigration raid that “if you’re worried about some deportation force knocking on your door this year … don’t worry about that.” Maybe time to update that comment, Mr. Speaker.
Homan attempted to justify rounding up otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrant moms and dads by basically stating the government is being efficient because brown people just turn out to be criminals anyway.