The recent reveal that ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) was planning on massive raids and deportations of thousands of illegal immigrants was met with a lot of pushback from Democrats. Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan has also been accused of pushing back against the plans — which were delayed by President Donald Trump — and a new report suggests he may have leaked the plans to the media in an attempt to undermine the president.
A source tells Fox News that McAleenan went against President Trump two weeks ago when he ordered ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan to call of the deportation plan. The president then ordered Morgan to go through with the plan.
The deportation plans — which were estimated to affect about 2000 families in 10 different cities — were reportedly in the works since April and McAleenan opposed them from the beginning. The plans were made prior to former acting ICE director Ron Vitiello leaving the administration during a DHS staffing changeup.
“He is the one that wanted to make sure this operation did not go forward,” the source told Fox of McAleenan. “He has been fighting this operation since its inception.”
The source described the leak as “one of the most egregious leaks” they have seen in their lifetime.
“To have somebody within DHS leak this information that would have put the general public, as well as our officers in danger—that is one of the most egregious leaks I have ever seen in my life,” they said, “you can’t go forward with an operation once everyone knows the time, the place, the details. ICE officers and other law enforcement would have been put directly in harm’s way.”
The deportation plans first came to light in a Friday story in The Washington Post that described them in great detail. This is not the first time McAleenan has been accused of leaking the plans in an attempt to stop them.
Tom Homan, the former head of ICE, told “Fox & Friends” over the weekend that he believed McAleenan to be the leaker.
Source: Fox News
“You’ve got the acting secretary of Homeland Security resisting what ICE is trying to do,” Homan said. “He does not support this operation, and I tell you what, if that’s his position, then he’s on the wrong side of this issue.”
Homan claimed he knew where the leak came from.
“This leak — which I know where the leak came from, I think we all know where the leak came from, that story only benefits one person — put these officers at greater risk of harm,” he said.
President Trump announced that the deportation plan had been delayed so Congress could have a chance to properly tackle the illegal immigration issue.
“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,” the president announced through Twitter on Saturday.
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
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