Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Tom Homan slammed New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on “Fox & Friends” Thursday and called his comments about immigration agents “disgusting.”
Cuomo called ICE agents “a bunch of thugs” during a Democratic primary debate against Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday and said he plans to use his state powers to “sue them.” (RELATED: Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan Pledges To Keep Fighting For Immigration Laws: ‘Not Going To Shut Up’)
“It is personal. And I’m not going to sit here and call him names. I did plenty of that last night under my breath,” Homan said. “But what he’s saying — his actions are disgusting.”
“To call ICE agents thugs — think about it. These are men and women who are fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters, sons and daughters that chose to enforce laws in this country,” he continued. “Strap a gun to their hip everyday. Put a Kevlar vest to go out there in the community and protect America and protect the community. He calls them thugs. Actually, ICE arrests thugs.”
Homan claimed Cuomo has undermined the work of ICE in New York and said many of the criminals ICE rounds up were previously released on Cuomo’s authority.
“MS-13 members, gang members, drug traffickers — we arrest over 5,000 criminal aliens off the street in New York,” he said. “That many walked out of his sanctuary jails. So rather than call them thugs, I’m not asking for anybody to give ICE agents slack. But a little recognition of a difficult job they do every day, they put their lives on the line for this country every day. They protect New York every day.”
“[Cuomo] ought to be writing a thank you letter rather than calling them names,” Homan concluded. “It’s just, it’s ridiculous.”
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