Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan defended federal immigration officers during a House hearing on July 12.

Critics have laced into federal immigration officers amid the crisis at the southern border in recent months. the media and politicians are responsible for the “unprecedented attack and vilification” according to Homan.

“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see the constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes and their families every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” Homan said.

“They have to wake up every day and see the news reports and comments from representatives in Congress that they are Nazis, white supremacist, that they operate concentration camps, that they knowingly abuse women and children,” he added.

He also mentioned recent comments made by congressmen and congresswomen that were “unsubstantiated allegations” with “zero evidence” and they “should be ashamed.”

Homan then continued emphasizing the extremely difficult environment facing the agents due to the unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants, adding they are impacted physically and emotionally.

“ICE agents and Border Patrol agents are moms and dads too. They have children. What they see every day with this unprecedented surge of children and families affects them deeply and emotionally. It is something they have to deal with every day and will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” he added.

“No one talks about how these men and women bring toys from their own homes and from their own children to these facilities so the migrant children would have something to play with. No one talks about the sicknesses of these migrants and how these agents take that sickness home to their own families because of that exposure,” Homan continued.

In the statement he said, “I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat, you should want to secure our border,” and “These agents deserve better from their representatives in Congress.”

President Donald Trump praised federal immigration officers, saying they have to take on more responsibilities while becoming hospital workers, doctors, or nurses at work.

During a visit to two detention facilities on the Texas border on Friday, July 12, Vice President Mike Pence also thanked CBP agents for working tirelessly and keeping the country safe each day.