Shelia Jackson Lee spars with ICE official over illegal aliens: “I beg to differ”

Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took on ICE officials during a House congressional hearing in a manner that got so out of hand the moderator had to intervene at one point, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The House Homeland Security Committee held a field hearing in Tougaloo, Mississippi, on Thursday regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) arrest of 680 illegal aliens in August who were working at several food processing facilities across the state,” the DCNF reported. “Democrats on the committee complained that the agency did not warn local officials before the raid, and also chastised the operation for resulting in family separations.”

Special Agent in charge Jere Miles from the of the New Orleans office of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, attracted the criticism of the Democrat lawmakers in attendance at the hearing.

“It’s one thing to sit here and say ‘this is cruel, this is this, this the other,’ but it is the law, and the Congress writes and enacts the law. We don’t. The problem with looking at us and saying ‘you should exercise discretion’ is I honestly believe it puts too much power in the hands of police. Do you not?” Miles said to Jackson Lee at one point during the hearing speaking on behalf of ICE.

His response caused the Texas lawmaker to angrily respond, “I beg to differ with you. It is not Congress’s policy to separate families and mothers from children. That is the policy of the president of the United States. That’s not our policy,” Jackson Lee said, which earned a round of applause from the audience which was filled with citizens holding up anti-ICE signs during the hearing.

Miles cited the fact that the Mississippi raids took place in August ICE and Homeland Security Investigations uncovered 400 cases of identity theft, which is in fact a federal crime.

“Is that not a serious crime?” Miles asked as the pair began to talk over one another. “But is that not a serious crime? You’re asking if there’s a serious crime.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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