In a shocking turn of events, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has been accused by five current and former administration officials of sabotaging the planned crackdown on illegal immigrants with deportation orders by leaking the cities and timing of the operation to the Washington Post. Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli reported the statements speculating the duplicity committed by the very man charged with getting a handle on the tremendous illegal immigration crisis plaguing our nation.
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
Until this point, I had seen McAleenan as a strong leader to guide Homeland Security, including ICE and CBP, in the direction they need to go in order to keep Americans safe. The call from the President to start executing on deportation orders was the first positive sign coming from DC regarding the illegal immigration crisis in a while. Now, we’re back to the drawing board.
It confused me when the President decided to call off the raids in order to give Congress time make a deal. They’ve had plenty of time, and until this report I thought Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi must have offered the President some real incentive to delay the raids. Now, we’re in a worse situation than we were in last week as ICE will not be acting soon and Congress continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to solve this problem.
Deportations are a matter of sovereignty. It’s the responsibility of the executive branch to enforce the laws, including immigration laws that are being breached by thousands of illegal aliens daily. Handing out deportation orders without actually enforcing them is useless. We might as well just hand them a signed picture of Mitt Romney with a message on the back telling them to self-deport.
The President must surround himself with people who are willing to do what it takes to fix this and other problems. McAleenan seemed like one such person. If this report is true, he’s clearly not the right person for the job.
“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.” – Anonymous White House Official
This really came out of left field. McAleenan has built a reputation of being one of the good guys, but this action is something that does not align with the goals of the White House, the will of the people, or the safety of America.
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