Ex-ICE Director: ICE Can't Be Equated To Nazis Since We're Just Following Orders

Asked what he thought of people comparing ICE to Nazis, acting director Thomas Homan replied with the Nuremberg defense.

In a June 2018 interview with Fox's Tucker Carlson, Thomas Homan, then the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that comparing ICE agents to Nazis is unfair, because “they’re simply enforcing laws enacted by Congress”.

The legalistic formulation employed by Homan is better known as the “Nuremberg defense” – a defense that was used by Nazi war criminals following the second world war in an attempt to escape accountability for their crimes against humanity.

According to Wiktionary, the Nuremberg defense is defined as:

"An explanation offered as an excuse for behaving in a criminal or wrongful manner, claiming that one acted in this way because one was ordered by others (particularly superiors) to do so."

The Nuremberg defense does not relieve criminal liability under international law since it can be used to excuse horrific human rights abuses.

In his interview with Carlson, Homan said that he wished that people were as outraged at crimes committed by undocumented immigrants as they are about Trump's 'zero tolerance policy'.

“Let’s protect American citizens as much as [they're] fighting (referring to those who are against the zero tolerance policy) for the illegal alien,” he told Carlson.

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trumpsucks
trumpsucks

It's time to REMOVE Trump by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. He has turned our country into NAZI Germany 2.0. If you STILL support him, you are a waste of skin. #executetrump #nazi

D Lynn
D Lynn

He should try reviewing the Numberg trials, or if his brain can handle it better watching a Few Good Men. Nazis claimed they were following orders too and in the movie moral choices should have been made.

World of Lucky
World of Lucky

You can't just remove Trump, Pence is actually worse and he knows what he is doing. You would have to remove the top four or five people in the administration.

This goes far far beyond just being Trump.

PlainDarkSedan
PlainDarkSedan

We're clearly expecting something from these Nazi's that we'll never get.

Intelligence.

F'inLon
F'inLon

No more "ICE". Call them what they are, TNP. Terrorists for National Purity.

Rainbowlarva
Rainbowlarva

impeach trump before he starts gassing the mexicans

Nezumi
Nezumi

@world of Lucky We're waaaay past the point Pence is worse, and you actually just have to take the House and then remove both Trump and Pence. Pence is the hard part.

balvarez
balvarez

The American Immigration Council, a pro-immigrant nonprofit, analyzed data from the Census’ 2010 American Community Survey and found that about 1.6 percent of immigrant males between 18 and 39 years old were incarcerated, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born population in that same age group. (The Census does not specify legal status.). As of March 1, the number of homicides was 2,745. There were 1,878 people murdered by guns and 239 killed due to domestic violence incidents. Most of these violent crimes were perpetrated by native born American citizens. Despite rhetoric to the contrary, closing our borders, building walls and deporting thousands of immigrants will not solve our crime problem.On the other hand, we have witnessed extraordinary violence from domestic extremists. Hate groups continue to flourish and are emboldened. The American radical right, according to the latest count by the Southern Poverty Law Center, grew from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015 — a 14 percent increase. We need only remember Charleston, S.C. and the massacre of nine black church goers by a white supremacist to be cognizant of the imminent dangers that lurk within our own borders. Mosques are being threatened, more than 100 Jewish Community Centers nationwide have received bomb threats, cemeteries are being desecrated and LGBT churches and youth are being targeted. Children from Muslim, Jewish, Hispanic and African American families are being harassed in schools. Gun violence continues to kill nearly 13,000 Americans per year.Let's acknowledge what truly threatens us.

almadecubano
almadecubano

Those who have never read even a single history book are doomed to look remarkably stupid.

NobleKnight23
NobleKnight23

Really? So did the Nazis. How ignorant can you be?

miakity
miakity

Apparently, there is no knowledge of all things historical. Man do I wish my mother in law were more coherent in order to share her WWII experiences amongst her friends. She was in Nurnberg during the war from beginning to end.

939aed
939aed

I don't recall any immigrants trying to enter Nazi Germany--they were all persecuted minority citizens trying to get out--that's the key difference.

HumboldtRick
HumboldtRick

If this guy is THAT stupid, then no wonder ICE is such a terrorist organization.

BiteMyShinyMetalA
BiteMyShinyMetalA

Nazis said the exact same thing and no, it was not a legitimate defence at the Nuremberg Trials either.

chris_brown
chris_brown

ICE is nothing more,than the #SenileSackOfShitInChief's version of the Gestapo,and for anyone who doesnt think they are,your fucking blind as well as ignorant

marchie
marchie

ICE needs to be disbanded. The majority of the men and women who do the work need to continue but the organization will be forever linked to another of the saddest moments on American history. Like rounding up Japanese Americans in internment camps, everything we ever did and still do to Native Americans, Slavery, etc. Take it apart and rebuild the mission to one we can be proud of, not embarrassed by.

TeresaML
TeresaML

the time to NOT follow orders was before they had all these hostages. for that IS what they are, they are either being sold into a form of slavery (though the DeVoss families favorite adoption agency) or being abused, mentally, physically and sexually in the "private" prison system.

the BP should NEVER be taking kids from families, the families if detained are SUPPOSED to be housed together, but Dear Leader Trump declared it otherwise, then seemed to reverse it but has only SLOWED it down. seems like we need to send the MILITARY in to rescue these hostages who are being abused at the hands of these monsters.