Former ICE Director Tom Homan called on Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to rethink their effort to overhaul or abolish ICE.

Speaking on "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Homan corrected a comment from Pelosi on the House floor in which she opposed a GOP resolution to support ICE, arguing it would "do nothing to stop the separation of babies from their mothers."

Homan responded by saying Pelosi should further "study the issue" and realize that the Border Patrol is responsible for detaining asylum-seekers, not ICE. 

"[ICE] is taking care of the parents while they're separated," he noted.

He added that ICE does not need an overhaul -- a sentiment Pelosi has expressed -- and touted the agency's accomplishments. Other Democrats have called for the abolishment of the agency. 


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The nonbinding resolution was passed Wednesday in the House supporting ICE, as Republicans said they wanted to force Democrats to go on the record against the agency ahead of the midterms.

Democrats called the GOP's demand a political stunt, and that they wouldn't play the "game" of Republicans. Most Democrats voted "present" on the resolution, with 34 voting against it. 

Homan on Thursday touted ICE for "perfectly" executing the president's executive orders.

He again called out Pelosi, saying that Democrats' desire to have criminals off the streets but cut the inmate population doesn't make sense.

"You can't have it that way," Homan said.

Homan added that Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to study the data provided by ICE, after she called for protesters to occupy ICE offices and airports around the country.

Homan called protests against the agency "wrong" and "un-American."

"I hope the American voters are paying attention," he said when asked if the issue will be important in the midterms.

"If you don't like what ICE does ... do not ask a law enforcement agency to turn their backs and ignore the law."

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