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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

The internet is a miraculous account of recent history. On one hand, parts of it can be erased by those who have the tools and access. On the other hand, no matter how much someone tries to cover their tracks, there’s likely a way to find whatever information was being hidden.

Such is the case with the White House’s ICE website. The version that President Trump inherited was 190 speeches lighter than the one that was online just hours before his inauguration. Someone in the previous administration apparently didn’t want information about fighting illegal immigration to be visible on the incoming President’s resources.

So, they wiped it, and not with a cloth.

The Daily Caller reports that in the hours prior to the 45th President’s inauguration, the outgoing White House staff was busy getting rid of reports, transcripts, and speeches that had been accumulated on the ICE website. All of the content erased supported the notion that there was a border crisis brewing or that illegal immigration in general was a major problem that Washington DC needed to address.

Obama White House Deleted Online Speeches About The Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Entered Office: Report

A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for government transparency. Statements made by high-ranking ICE officials regarding controversial immigration topics such as sanctuary cities, E-Verify, treatment of detainees, and other issues were included in the reported deletions.

It is unknown who perpetrated the act of information suppression or who ordered the purge. But it’s easy to speculate the former administration didn’t want to give the inbound administration any additional ammunition to use in their stated goal of curtailing illegal immigration, especially at the border. Furthermore, much of the information purged could have been used as justification for building a wall on the southern border.

Democrats don’t want you to know two things: (1) The border crisis is real, and (2) This administration is proposing solutions that can work to put an end to it. Now, it seems this mentality goes further back than expected.

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