Former ICE Director Responds To AOC’s ‘Stupid’ Comments

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Former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan responded to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) recent “extremely stupid” comments where she encouraged people to start “tipping [illegal aliens] off” about upcoming ICE raids, in order to prevent the criminals from being apprehended by the authorities.

Ocasio-Cortez had said: “Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities, to try to keep people safe. … I’m here because Senator Sanders has actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP.”

Homan responded: “It’s ridiculous, it’s extremely stupid statement made by somebody I’ve never considered real smart anyways.”

Homan continued: “But here’s an elected lawmaker, she’s a congresswoman standing on a stage telling people how to obstruct ICE, tipping off people ICE is looking and she needs to realize that 9-out-of-10 of everybody ICE arrested last year was a convicted criminal or pending criminal charges. Last year, 137,000 criminals, 2,000 were murderers, 12,000 sex offenses, 45,000 assaults, 62,000 drug offenses, 10,000 weapons offenses, and she wants the community to tip these people if ICE is in their neighborhood operating.”

Homan concluded: “ICE’s job is already extremely dangerous, now she’s making it more dangerous. She’s one of these Democrats who keeps saying, ‘nobody’s above the law, the president is above the law, we need to impeach the president cause he’s not about the law,’ but apparently illegal aliens are above the law because ICE isn’t allowed to arrest them, it’s ridiculous statement. It’s a dangerous statement.”

Homan is correct when he claims that Ocasio-Cortez’s advice would lead to more innocent people being harmed. According to the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report for fiscal year 2018, 138,117 aliens with criminal histories, including convicted criminal and pending criminal charges, were arrested.