Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities | TheHill – The Hill
House Democrats clashed with Trump administration officials on Friday during a contentious hearing on the treatment of migrants, especially children, at U.S. facilities along the border.
Congressional Democrats grew emotional at several points during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing after receiving testimony about neglect and poor conditions at detention facilities.
Republicans and Trump officials often grew angry themselves, lashing out at their Democratic colleagues over the rhetoric used by some members of Congress to describe Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and the conditions in which migrants are kept.
Here are some of the top moments from Friday’s hearing.
Ex-ICE chief spars with Democrat over child separation: ‘Your comments are disgusting’
During one particularly contentious moment of Friday’s hearing, Rep. Jesús García (D-Ill.) clashed with former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief Thomas Homan, accusing Homan of not caring about migrant child deaths because the children do not “look like” his own children.
“How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch?” the congressman asked. “Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you?”
“Your comments are disgusting,” Homan replied. “For you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love for my country and for children — that’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed! And you’re the member of Congress. Fix it.”
In tense exchange, Rep. Jesús García spars with acting ICE Dir. Thomas Homan over child separation: “Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you?”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2019
House Democrat snaps at Homan: ‘I’m not calling on you, sir’
Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyFour heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Ex-ICE chief blasts House Democrat after tense hearing: ‘He ran out of there like a little girl’ Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy MORE (D-Va.) also battled Homan at Friday’s hearing, shouting down the former ICE official for allegedly allowing migrants to be treated as “subhumans” by ICE personnel and criticizing the “hardly humane care” they have received in custody.
“Is there no limit to what you will justify in this administration when it comes to the mistreatment of our fellow human beings, and do you have no shame about the fact, as our colleague said this morning, it’s all done in the shadow of the American flag?” a visibly emotional Connolly asked.
Homan interrupted, telling Connolly he was “extremely frustrated” by the congressman’s characterization.
“I don’t care!” Connolly responded. “You’re not at the border right now! You’re in a hearing room! It’s my time!”
— The Hill (@thehill) July 13, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez, former ICE chief spar over child separation, ‘zero tolerance’ policy
The issue of family separations was also the center of a back-and-forth between Homan and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSecond Republican announces plans to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in New York Overnight Energy: EPA expands use of pesticide it considers ‘highly toxic’ to bees | House passes defense bill with measure targeting ‘forever chemicals’ | Five things to watch as Barry barrels through the Gulf Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE (D-N.Y.), who testified before the committee about her own visit to holding facilities.
During the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez questioned Homan about a recommendation he gave to then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFour heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: ‘Is this any way to run a government?’ Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy MORE, urging her to opt for the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that mandated the prosecution of all adult migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally. The policy was credited with jump-starting the family separations under the Trump administration last year until the president ended it via executive order.
“So you provided the official recommendation to Secretary Nielsen for the United States to pursue family separation?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“I gave Secretary Nielsen numerous recommendations on how to secure the border and save lives,” Homan shot back.
“[But] the recommendation, of the many that you recommended, you recommended family separation?” she asked again.
“I recommended zero tolerance,” Homan said.
Exchange between @RepAOC and Thomas Homan
Rep. @AOC: “The recommendation, of the many that you recommended, you recommended family separation.”
Homan: “I recommended zero tolerance.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 12, 2019
GOP rep, Dem chairman spar over ‘just wrong’ characterization of Republicans
In one exchange with the committee’s chairman, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFour heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Border Patrol chief was member of secret Facebook group for agents: report Judges appear deeply skeptical of Trump arguments against financial records subpoena MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Mark GreenMark GreenFour heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan’s Tennessee Senate bid AOC in impassioned testimony: Children were separated from parents ‘in front of American flags’ MORE (R-Tenn.) attacked “progressive liberals” for insinuating that Republicans and supporters of the president were in favor of maintaining poor conditions at border detention facilities.
“Let me begin by setting the record straight,” Green said. “This notion that Republicans and conservatives are somehow unconcerned about the plight of people is just wrong and unfair.”
“We didn’t acknowledge it was a crisis when we probably should have,” Green said, referring to congressional Democrats. “So let’s just blame President TrumpDonald John TrumpIn 1710 the Brits impeached an orange-haired populist — It did not go well Philadelphia mayor posts photo of Rapinoe atop City Hall: ‘Equal pay now!’ Social media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech MORE. We’ll say he’s the one putting these kids in cages.”
Cummings responded, advising members on both sides of the aisle to avoid personally attacking their colleagues.
“I think we all, on both side of the aisle, I think we need to be careful about how we talk about the motives of our colleagues. I believe that everyone is operating in good faith,” the committee chairman said.
Following comments from RepMarkGreen, @RepCummings says: “I think we all, on both side of the aisle, I think we need to be careful about how we talk about the motives of our colleagues. I believe that everyone is operating in good faith.” pic.twitter.com/pFrO4IF68F
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 12, 2019