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‘Just Calm Down’: Sheila Jackson Lee Sparks Fiery Exchange During Immigration Hearing

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Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee entered into a heated exchange with an ICE official several times during a House congressional hearing, forcing the chairman at one point to intervene.

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. 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.

Jere Miles, the special agent in charge of the New Orleans office of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, attracted criticism from the Democrat lawmakers throughout 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, speaking on behalf of ICE, said to Jackson Lee at one point during the hearing.

The line drew a booming response from the longtime Texas lawmaker.

“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, earning applause from audience, many of whom had been holding up anti-ICE signs during the hearing.

Miles then pointed out that, since the Mississippi raids took place in August, ICE and Homeland Security Investigations uncovered 400 cases of identity theft — a federal crime.

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

The back-and-forth prompted Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, to interject.

“Just a minute now. She’s got to ask the question before you can answer,” Thompson said. “Mr. Miles, just calm down.”

Miles quickly responded, noting that he was, in fact, calm.

“No. Then be quiet,” the chairman said back. Once again, the line drew wide applause from the sympathetic audience.

The hearing came after ICE raided seven different food processing facilities that were suspected of employing illegal aliens. Altogether, ICE agents nabbed 680 illegal aliens during the Aug. 7 raid, a record-breaking number for the agency. However, the operation drew criticism from Democrats and other immigration-advocates who decried the fact that many of those arrested were not able to go home to their families.

However, many of the illegal aliens who were arrested were subsequently let go for humanitarian reasons.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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16 Comments
  • Ronald Gunn says:

    Can’t we all just get along just for a few F**KING MNUTES!!@!!!!

    • William Conley says:

      Ronald we can get along just fine just obey and enforce our laws it’s that simple. If they don’t even have to suffer the consequences of breaking laws why should we single one of us obey any laws at all? Let’s just go to total anarchy rape murder and theft on everywhere. I don’t care if where they came from sucks that’s their damn problem not our burden.

    • M. Warf says:

      Sure CONSERVATIVE AMERICA would love to get along with all law abiding AMERICANS.

      It’s the DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS PARTY that endorse physically attacking INNOCIENT AMERICANS simply because they lost an election.

      Because CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS do not agree with their ideas.

      Because CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS did not vote for a woman who should be in jail. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      Because CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS wear hats, tshirts ect that state MAGA.

      LEFT WING DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS spitting and attacking INNOCIENT CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS going to and leaving PRESIDENT TRUMP rallies.

      CONSERVATIVE guest speaker being attacked at LEFT WING SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS college’s

      You say why can’t we all just get along. Your on the wrong web sight. You need to go to the LEFT WING SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS DEMOCRATIC supporters web sights.

      CONSERVATIVE AMERICA would love to live in a peaceful law abiding AMERICA. Where ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES actually take their oath to CONSTITUTION and the BILL OF RIGHTS SERIOUSLY.

      Instead of calling AMERICA and AMERICAN CITIZENS facist, racist, WHITE SUPREMACIST, WHITE PRIVILEGED and the list goes on. All to turn AMERICANS against each other.

      Your comment is wayyy off. It should be WHY CAN’T THE LEFT WING DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS GET ALONE WITH EVERYONE.

    • bob says:

      Any illegal immigrant is one too many.
      Report ALL suspicious persons, anonymously, at http://www.ice.gov/tips

  • chrisVN says:

    All the Ice, etc,. agents should just ignore these BS ” hearings “, they’re just used an excuse for democrat’s to attack people DOING their jobs!!! Where are the ” hearings ” for Congresspeople wasting taxpayers $’s on these ” hearings “.

  • Sunflower Surfer says:

    If the illegal aliens do not want to be separated from their families then they (the illegals) should go back to their own home countries.

  • William Conley says:

    Here’s my response fuck you lady and anyone who agrees with you. I wouldn’t have been calm about it at all. I would have stated is it a crime to enter the country illegally? Is it a crime to steal the indentity of legal citizens? Of both accounts are criminal acts then their families and their freedoms are not of concern they forfeited those freedoms when they broke two different laws. Considering they never had citizenship they don’t have a single right under our laws they are criminal Invaders by the literal definition of the law. Enough of this bullshit we treat these fucking illegal parasites better than we treat our own damn CITIZENS it makes me want to puke.

  • McDonald says:

    Do your job ICE and I thank you for it. They are here illegally, they are breaking many laws. They need to go back and come here legally. As far as separation of children I think the obama administration started this. I am tired of taxpayer monies being use on these hearings and on these illegals that are much needed for our homeless, our infrastructure, mental and drug rehab and for the benefit of our poor. Get these illegals out and take care of our own!!!!! This POC needs to be fighting for the people in her own dustrict!!!!!

  • ruth says:

    They let a lot of them go due to humanitarian reasons???!!! What about the US Citizens reasons to get them gone from our Country??!! They are illegal aliens…are here illegally and breaking our laws…get them gone..now..each and every one of them!

  • M. Warf says:

    Over 400 cases of identity thief out of he 680 busted. Having been someone who has had their identity stolen by ILLEGAL POS CRIMINALS.

    The LEFT WING SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS DEMOCRATS again are putting CRIMINALS who not only have broken FEDERAL LAW.

    But murdered, stolen, raped, stolen identities ect…ect…the list goes on and on.

    Before the AMERICAN PEOPLE who they are suppose to REPRESENT. The AMERICAN VOTERS not ILLEGAL CRIMINALS in AMERICA ILLEGALLY.

    I bet you that that most of those in the audience were in fact ILLEGAL CRIMINALS. That were holding the signs.

    These ELECTED POLITICAL LEADERS must know ILLEGAL CRIMINALS can not vote for them. Well in most states they can’t.

    Some states violate AMERICA’S voting LAWS and let ILLEGAL CRIMINALS vote. That’s been caught on video too. So suck on that liberals that post here.

    DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST EXTREMISTS PARTY = TREASONOUS, TRAITOROUS, TYRANNICAL ANTI AMERICAN PARTY

    Oh yeah an ANTI CONSTITUTION and the BILL OF RIGHTS and want’s to destroy it by rewriting it to take power from the people. Because in these TYRANTS own words. AMERICAN’S have too much freedom.

    So I guess they will change it from WE THE PEOPLE to WE THE GOVERNMENT

  • VietnamVeteran says:

    The idiot Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee oviously does NOT know anything about Federal immigration law. Anyone who aids and supports illegal immigration commits a felony and is subect to fines and imprisonment. Obviously, the criminal demo-rats don’t care about the law. The idiot Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee should move to Venezuela, or better yet, central Africa, where she can be the dictator she wants to be.

  • stuart tamres says:

    at the point that he was rudely told to shut up, he should have gotten up and left, telling them if they were going to be rude he didn’t have to take it and that if he wasn’t allowed to speak there was no point in being there.

  • Bob Plumlee says:

    & 5 minutes later It was seen eating It’s own feces : But mind you It does that most days anyway !

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