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Ten Thousan Marbles

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Feb 6, 2014

Former acting ICE director grossly claims he was just trying to help families he helped rip apart

Gabe Ortiz


It is not at all shocking that a former top immigration official turned Fox propagandist has emerged as a central figure within a devastating new report on the previous administration’s family separation policy. The Atlantic’s Caitlyn Dickerson reports that Thomas Homan was loudest in pushing the evil idea of stealing children from their parents back in 2014, when he served under the Obama administration.

He’d reportedly planned to retire when he was promoted to acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the next administration. It was then when he openly took pleasure in terrorizing families. “I’m enjoying it,” he said about his job in 2018. The previous year, Homan had warned immigrant families that they “should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”

Dickerson reports that Homan had been “the most strident” in deterring asylum-seekers by separating families legally seeking refuge, raising the proposal during a 2014 meeting with then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Johnson confirmed the idea had been raised and rejected as “heartless and impractical.”

“This is the earliest instance I’ve discovered of family separation being proposed as a way to deter migration to the United States,” Dickerson reported. (The U.S. similarly separated enslaved children and American Indian children from their parents). “This makes Tom Homan the father of what might be the Trump administration’s most controversial policy,” Dickerson continued. Border officials had “piloted” separations in 2017, pushing a widespread policy the following year under former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Nielsen’s deputy chief of staff told Dickerson “she was shaken by the nonchalance with which” officials including “Homan had proposed taking vast numbers of children away from their parents.” She said they weren’t “grasping the humanity of the situation,” they just seemed interested in appeasing the insurrectionist president and white supremacist Stephen Miller. The latter of these two racists had reportedly sought to steal as many as 26,000 children from their parents. And while Nielsen’s deputy might have been “shaken,” her boss also lied about the existence of a family separation policy. There’s no such thing as an innocent party here.

Just days before a federal judge ordered a halt to this crime against humanity and told officials to reunite 2,600 children (they missed the deadline by months), Homan froze during a televised interview when asked if the policy was humane. “I think—I think it is the law,” the liar said in a lie. Earlier that year, Homan had claimed in another bold lie that ICE doesn’t sweep up people who aren’t targets. But ICE does, and there’s even a crass term for it: collateral arrests. Homan was such a liar that an ICE spokesperson resigned rather than continue spreading lies for him. Woof, and we haven’t even touched on Homan speaking at an event hosted by an anti-immigrant hate group while he was still in his government position.

”Homan acknowledged that many people would think him evil for proposing the idea [of family separation], but he said it was intended to help families, not hurt them,” Dickerson reported. Right. The insurrectionist administration ignored warnings from its own people to not separate families, and it doesn’t take a mental health or child welfare expert to know that violently tearing a child from its parent will terrify them. (Especially in asylum-seeking families who may have already suffered traumatic events.) If Homan were really seeking to help them, he would have allowed them to pursue their asylum claims.

“Homan retired from ICE at the end of June 2018, and that August, Fox rewarded him with a job as a network contributor,” Media Matters said, one of more than a dozen former officials to have skated over to the propaganda network. The Biden administration continues to work to reunite families cruelly ripped apart by former officials like Homan. “More than 5,000 families were separated under Trump’s 2018 ‘zero tolerance’ policy and a 2017 pilot program and advocates estimate over 1,000 remain separated,” NBC News said. Read Dickerson’s entire report (and you should) here.

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014

Arizona GOP secretary of state nominee is an election-denying Oath Keeper and QAnon conspiracist

Rebekah Sager


I know it’s hot in Arizona, and climate change is hitting us all hard, but damn, it seems as if Republican voters’ brains are being fried in the sun. In addition to voting for election-denier Kari Lake for governor and Trump-endorsed far-right candidate Blake Masters for Senate, GOPers in the Grand Canyon state are also backing Mark Finchem—a QAnon conspiracy theorist and proud member of the Oath Keepers—for secretary of state.

Finchem, 57, who attended former President Trump’s rally on Jan. 6 but denied going inside the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection, will oversee the state’s elections in 2024 if elected.

As reported on CNN, the Trump-endorsed nominee who spoke at a QAnon convention has called the COVID-19 vaccine a “crime against humanity” and hinted that it was a “bio-weapon.” But he’s posted his most outrageous commentary on the social media platform Pinterest, which is most commonly known for DIY crafts, beauty hacks, and design tips.
One of Finchem’s mood boards is titled “Treason Watch List” and features a slew of photos of leaders the nominee has connected to a variety of oddball conspiracies. Another is titled “Thought Provoking,” where he compares Democrats to Nazis, per CNN.

According to an opinion piece by Dana Milbank for The Washington Post, Finchem was endorsed by prominent antisemite and founder and CEO of the media site Gab, Andrew Torba. The Arizona Mirror reports that Torba is consulting on Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano’s campaign. Mastriano crossed police barricades in front of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Finchem has been a vocal denier of Trump’s loss in 2020 to President Joe Biden. He has said that early voting should be banned and mail-in ballots restricted. He has sued to try to end the use of electronic vote-counting machines in Arizona, where he was financially backed by My Pillow Guy Mike Lindell, according to The New York Times.

Trump has called Finchem “the kind of fighter we need,” adding (in his characteristically strangely capitalized way) that Finchem “will bring Integrity back to our Elections.”

Finchem was also endorsed by leading Oath Keeper and former Sheriff Richard Mack.

But Finchem is just one of many far-right conspiracists to attack our elections.

Politico reports that the Republican National Committee has been recruiting and training thousands of 2020 election deniers to crew the polls in battleground states, all under the guise of “election integrity.”

In taped recordings obtained by Politico of organizing summits held in Florida and Pennsylvania, conservative elections attorney Cleta Mitchell was heard discussing how the RNC needs to challenge work by Democrats to build a “new American majority”—work that would include registering more voters of color.

“It’s a place the left sees as a great target of opportunity, and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Mitchell said.