Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan suddenly has a lot of questions he needs to answer. He’s being accused by at least three current and two former senior administration officials of leaking President Trump’s and ICE’s immigration raid plans in order to scuttle them. That’s called sabotage and shows he does not have the best interests of the country or the American people at heart. If true, he should step down immediately.
Late yesterday, President Trump came out and postponed the raids for two weeks in a supposed effort to placate Democrats. But things are never what they seem in DC. 2040 illegal immigrant families were to be targeted in ten major US cities. These are illegal aliens who have already been notified they are going to be deported. The raids were allegedly called off to give lawmakers two weeks to work on a plan to fix legal “loopholes” that have enticed migrants to come to the US.
All five of the senior officials who spoke with the Washington Examiner confirmed McAleenan’s decision to go rogue and stymie the operation was what prompted the White House to call off the 10-city operation. I’m surprised that Trump did not fire him on the spot over this. Worse yet, McAleenan leaked the information to the leftist rag, the Washington Post. They were the first to report the planned raids against cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston. You want the swampy Deep State, well… McAleenan is the poster boy for it.
Like so many others, I thought McAleenan was a good guy. One who shared President Trump’s vision of upholding the rule of law. I was just another pundit suckered into thinking he was on our side. I was wrong. The credible sources said only a small number of people in the White House, ICE, and DHS were even aware of the plan’s details, including which cities, the date and time, and who would be targeted. That alone is enough to damn McAleenan.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
From the Washington Examiner:
“Two officials said the acting secretary, who was promoted internally in April, had fought for months during closed-door discussions with White House officials, the former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello, and the new acting ICE Director Mark Morgan against the plan, which they noted was similar to one the Obama administration carried out in 2015.
“I know he has not approved of this operation for months,” one person familiar with those private conversations said during a phone call Saturday night. “The president wouldn’t leak that. ICE wouldn’t leak that. There’s only a few people involved in these discussions … The only one who could have shared the details of those operations were Kevin.”
“That’s our belief,” a second official said when asked if McAleenan was behind the leak. “The secretary was not supportive from day one.”
Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
“The first official said McAleenan may have leaked it so that he could “be the martyr” in the face of anticipated blowback in the future.
“A third official claimed McAleenan “cares more about what liberals and ‘Never Trumpers’ in Congress and the media think of him the achieving the express mission of his department.”
“[T]his will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure,” the third official wrote in a text message Saturday evening.
McAleenan warned that arresting migrants in their homes and at work sites risks separating children from their parents in cases where the children are at day care, summer camp or friend’s houses and not present for the raids https://t.co/RkxW3xm5m4
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 21, 2019
“Leaking the information would only have “benefitted one person” who had knowledge of the plan, according to the first person, who added there was “no doubt in my mind” McAleenan either told the Post himself or had a close comrade at DHS take care of it.
“His hands were dirty,” that same official said.
“McAleenan traveled with the author of the Post report, Nick Miroff, on a government plane down to the border on Wednesday.
If true, and with five sources talking to @Anna_Giaritelli there's no reason to believe it isn't, this is a beyond disappointing. @cbp_mcaleenan needs to clear the air or acknowledge his actions. If he won't do his job, he needs to step down now. @POTUS https://t.co/7V8vAxMeOU
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) June 23, 2019
“DHS did not respond to a request for comment.
“Following the Post report Friday, ICE advised the White House not to go forward with the raids, in part because those who were the targets might have fled the locations Enforcement and Removal Operations officers had expected to find them.
“Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,” the third official wrote.
On Saturday morning's Fox and Friends, Tom Homan went off on acting DHS Sec. Kevin McAleenan accusing him of resisting the ICE raids and alluded that he leaked the information about the raids to The Washington Post pic.twitter.com/ICkQXkGe73
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 22, 2019
“That’s law enforcement sensitive information. You just don’t reveal that,” the second official said. “It gets people hyped up. It gets the NGOs activated, and then anyone wearing a jacket with the ICE name on it is really chastised. Cities are coming out saying, ‘Here’s how you can protect yourself against it.’”
“That same official said the “worst” consequence of the leak, especially if it was directed by the department’s leader, was how it endangered personnel.
“It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers — that’s the part that’s really detrimental,” the official said.”
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) June 22, 2019
This is the man charged with getting a handle on the tremendous illegal immigration crisis plaguing our nation. I was shocked to hear he had done this and so were many others. Yesterday, I was confused when I heard that Trump had delayed the raids at the request of Nancy Pelosi. Evidently, that’s not what happened at all here regardless of Trump’s tweeted statement.
By all indications, DHS Sec. Kevin McAleenan, who Trump appointed just recently, is just as bad if not worse than Kirstjen Nielsen and is letting illegal aliens flood into the country at record levels. He’s not supporting ICE enforcement or deportations of those brazenly breaking our laws. His sympathies seem far more in line with the left than President Trump. The president needs to be far more selective in who he appoints and they need to be vetted thoroughly. That has been his biggest problem from the start of all this.
There are 1.7 million ppl who have final orders of deportation. They’ve already had their day in court. If Trump won’t deport them, he won’t deport anyone. https://t.co/xzKeZO1eOG
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 22, 2019