The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was epically told off by an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor who compared the actions of the ICE with those of the Nazi Party.
The incident happened at an immigration forum hosted by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and acting ICE director Thomas Homan.
Bernard Marks, who spent five and a half years in Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps during Nazi Germany, stood up and delivered a powerful speech.
“When I was a little boy in Poland, for no other reason but for being Jewish, I was hauled off by the Nazis. And for no other reason I was picked up and separated from my family, who was exterminated in Auschwitz. And I am a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau,” said the heroic survivor proudly.
The statement was followed by deafening applause.
Marks then turned to Sheriff Jones and delivered him a scathing lecture as well.
“We did not elect you for sheriff of Washington, D.C. It’s about time you side with the people here. And when this gentleman [acting director Homan] stands up there and says he doesn’t go after people, he should read today’s Bee. Because in today’s Bee, the Supreme Court justice of California objected to ICE coming in and taking people away from the courts. Don’t tell me that this is a lie.”
“Don’t forget — history is not on your side,” and with this brutal reminder, the impressive gentleman walked out of the seating aisle as Homan and Jones both gaped after him.
But it was apparently not enough to shame Homan, who said the ICE will continue to raid courts to arrest vulnerable undocumented immigrants who pose “public safety threats.”
He did not make it clear what he meant by people who were “public safety threats” but if he is including the case of the undocumented woman who went to a family courthouse to get a protective order from her abusive partner, then he clearly does not know what “public safety threats” mean.
He also said they did not go after people “on school grounds, in churches, in high schools” to which a lot of people yelled, “Lies.”
Perhaps Homan has forgotten this incident when ICE agents were lying in wait for immigrants who had sought shelter within a church.